From our partners at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC):
URGENT ACTION: Raise Your Voice against the Attack on Immigrant Families!
The federal administration continues its attack all different immigrant communities. Many of these attacks come in the form of bureaucratic changes that might go unnoticed if it wasn't for the community's vigilance and advocacy. At this moment, the “Flores Rule” and “Public Charge” are under public comment period for proposed changes which we know explicitly target immigrant families. Now is the time to make your voice heard and submit a public comment!
All comments MUST BE UNIQUE and in English. Encourage the organizations you admire and your communities to speak up for immigrant rights!
Flores Rule Toolkit Deadline: Nov. 6th
Public Charge Toolkit Deadline: Dec. 10th
What is Public Charge?
On October 10, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security officially published a proposed rule to dramatically re-define "public charge." The proposed rule threatens the ability of many immigrants and their families to confidently use public programs without consequences to their immigration status. This change would penalize many immigrants for using federal assistance programs such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), public housing assistance, and the Medicare Part D low-income subsidy.
If the rule is finalized, legal immigrants will be at serious risk of being unable to renew their visas or become permanent residents if they apply for certain federal assistance programs. The rule affects programs for children, many of whom are U.S. citizens in mixed status families. For more information and community facing materials in 6 languages click here.
We can fight back! The public comment period will last until December 10, 2018. Your voice is needed- SUBMIT TODAY!
What is the Flores Rule?
After the public outcry in response to separated migrant children held in cages, the solution proposed by the Trump administration is to hold them in cages with their parents—with no time limit! Announced in early September, the new rule would reverse the long-standing Flores Agreement, which outlines standards of care and stipulates a 22-day maximum detention period for minors.
We can fight back! The public comment period will last until November 6, 2018. Your voice is needed- SUBMIT TODAY!