Advancing Justice Will Fight Public Charge

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October 10, 2018

ADVANCING JUSTICE WILL FIGHT PUBLIC CHARGE

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially posted proposed changes to public charge regulations in the Federal Register. Similar to the draft released on September 22, the posted regulations greatly expand the number of public benefit programs to include health care programs such as Medicaid or the Medicare Part D Low Income Subsidy Program, nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and housing assistance programs, such as the Section 8 housing and rental assistance programs.  

It also sets up an elitist and ageist system by providing detailed guidance on a series of factors used for public charge determinations which favor healthier, wealthier, and highly educated adults while penalizing children, older adults, people with lower incomes, people who are living with chronic health conditions or disabilities, and people who are not fluent in English.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issues the following statement:

“We are appalled at the Trump administration’s blatant attack on immigrant communities. The proposed regulations are inhumanely penalizing immigrant families for using life-saving health, nutrition, and housing services and essentially guaranteeing legal status to the highest bidder.

Advancing Justice believes that immigrant families deserve the right to reunite with loved ones and use programs that ensure they are healthy, safe, and thriving. Staying in this country should not depend on what you look like, your age, or how much money you have or can make. It should be about how you contribute to your community and how you live your life. The proposed rule changes will lower immigration levels to the U.S., ultimately denying green cards to many family members of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, and change the fabric of our country.

Additionally, this rule will scare families away from critical safety net programs even if they will not be affected by the proposed changes. This “chilling effect” will be devastating to immigrant communities and communities across America. We have already seen many immigrant families discouraged from using public benefits or disenrolling from needed health, nutrition, and housing programs. We urge immigrant families to continue using these necessary programs now if they are needed.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice is committed to opposing these proposed regulations and to stop these mean-spirited and cruel changes. We strongly encourage our communities to fight back and take action by submitting public comments against the regulations online in the next 60 days at bit.ly/AAAJ-public-charge.”

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a national affiliation of five leading organizations advocating for the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and other underserved communities to promote a fair and equitable society for all. The affiliation’s members are: Advancing Justice | AAJC (Washington, D.C.), Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (San Francisco), Advancing Justice – Los Angeles, Advancing Justice – Atlanta, and Advancing Justice – Chicago.

ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org
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ALERT: ICE is planning raids on the Cambodian community in the next few weeks. If you are Cambodian, have a deportation order, and were asked to check-in with ICE soon, contact 415-952-0413 to speak to a lawyer.

For resources and information regarding legal services, visit SEAraids.org

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My understanding is the US plans to deport 200 cambodians per year until everybody with an order of removal is deported. I don't mean to cause fear but I strongly encourage anybody with a removal order to fight their cases now because once you are detained it becomes much more difficult to have access to attorneys and other resources. I fear this cycle will continue over the next few years.

12 hours ago   ·  11

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None of us are free unless all of us are free from fear! This is unacceptable!

12 hours ago   ·  9
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I am an immigration attorney and I was at immigration court today. I represented four individuals, all from Vietnam, all legal permanent residents with old crimes and recent entries to the U.S. I echo the suggestions above. If you have a removal/deportation order, if you have a history of crimes, if you plan on traveling outside of the U.S., speak with an immigration attorney.

6 hours ago   ·  1
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Started with Mexicans, Muslims, now Cambodians... who is next?

12 hours ago   ·  3

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Immigration lawyer ain’t going to do anything but take your money

9 hours ago   ·  2
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I love you all, my Southeast Asian brothers and sisters! You’re not alone in this fight!!

7 hours ago   ·  1
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Again come on! This is no way to live😠

13 hours ago   ·  1
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This is crazy... the group just left and they starting again already😡

12 hours ago
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Thavanh Vongkeo

11 hours ago
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Lean Pil share with your philly friends

10 hours ago
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David Seng

11 hours ago
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What about Stockton???? My brother in law check in march!!!! What should he do???

10 hours ago

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Devon Lernsdale

7 hours ago

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Do we have information on Massachusetts?

12 hours ago

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Pechta Sok

10 hours ago
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Molly Mall

5 hours ago
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The Cambodian and Viet communities are again targeted by US militarism-police abuse: from being attacked and displaced in the war in Indochina to becoming refugees to living in US ghetto-conditions to jail now to deportation. This is generational torture by imperialism. Like the Central American exodus the US exports war and guns, imports labor via refugees, over polices them and deports people, and so the cycle continues. I am so sad and sick. I take actions at rallies and make donations to express my rage and solidarity but where do I put the sadness.

11 hours ago   ·  7

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Don’t Check it,go somewhere n live off the land, if your gon get deported anyway

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