For Immediate Release
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Washington, D.C. – Today a U.S. federal district court blocked the Trump administration’s rule on public charge from going into effect. The ruling stated that the administration “failed to demonstrate why or how the current public charge framework is inadequate.” This public charge rule would have given immigration officials the power to deny green card applications to immigrants already living in the U.S., and deny visa applications, to thousands of poor and working class immigrants based on their low income and/or perceived future welfare or medical needs.
Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:
“This injunction is a victory for all immigrants. The Trump administration wanted to keep poor and working class immigrants from accessing basic housing, nutritional, and health care needs by trying to impose this change in the public charge rule. People should continue to access these public benefits and services without fear of retribution.
This public charge rule change was part of a deliberate effort by the Trump administration to make life harder for people living in the U.S., and to make it harder for people to come here and stay here in the first place. Just last month the Trump administration slashed refugee admittance to the lowest number in years. With this ruling the court has protected vulnerable immigrant communities from having to fear accessing the necessary public benefits they need.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.