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Proposed rule would force immigrants to choose between nutrition support for kids and eventual permanent residence

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Feb 9, 2018

SILVER SPRING, Maryland - A draft new rule from the federal government likely would scare immigrants into withdrawing their children, including U.S. citizens, from needed benefits to which they are entitled, such as health care, food stamps and other nutrition, housing and education assistance.
 
A draft of guidelines for “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” circulating within the Department of Homeland Security was reported on Feb. 8 by Reuters and the draft was published by Vox. If adopted, the policy would make it harder for immigrants to get permanent residency if they or their dependents—including U.S. citizens—obtain any of a long list of public benefits.
 
"The Trump administration has taken its war on immigrants, minorities, and the working poor and now is targeting U.S. citizen children,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. “What can possibly be gained from discouraging immigrant parents from having their children participate in Head Start, child nutrition programs, or health insurance?”
 
Atkinson went on to note that from the perspective of a Catholic institution, it’s especially appalling that the administration is willing to force low-income immigrants to choose between someday getting permanent residency in the United States and obtaining benefits such as those in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program for lactating mothers and young children or health care subsidies. “For a political party that used to tout family values, this is a remarkable about-face," she said.
 
“The administration needs to reconsider this ill-advised approach and simply drop the whole thing,” Atkinson said. “There already are strict policies that prevent immigrants from being dependent upon public benefits. This proposed rule will harm the health, physical development and education of children and families. This is a new low for an administration that tries to assert itself as ‘pro-life’ and ‘pro-family.’”

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