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“Public Charge” Rule Ultimately Harms Innocent Children

Today the U.S. Supreme Court, on a 5-4 margin, lifted a nationwide injunction that will now allow the Trump Administration to move forward with its “public charge” rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to qualify for a green card if they have accepted specific public benefits, including housing assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, and Medicaid. Sandy Santana, Executive Director of Children’s Rights, issued this statement:

“Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to greenlight the Trump Administration’s public charge rule enables a chilling immigration policy that is deliberately designed to punish immigrant families and will harm innocent children. The public charge rule forces families to make an impossible choice between housing, food, and healthcare for their kids and pursuing a green card to live and work legally in the country alongside their families. We cannot allow a policy so cruel and heartless to move forward.”

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