On Friday, the Mississippi Center for Justice submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) strongly opposing DHS’s deeply flawed proposed regulation on “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” which would catalyze profound and irreparable racial and economic injustices in Mississippi and across the country, and erect insurmountable obstacles to permanent residency and admission to the U.S. If enacted, it would force millions of lawfully present immigrants and their families across the U.S. who work hard, pay their taxes, and follow the rules to make an impossible choice between lawfully accessing critical food, health care, and housing assistance, and staying together.
We estimate that the proposed rule would cause a total of 73,808 lawfully present noncitizen immigrants and their family members across Mississippi—especially in communities of color—to disenroll or forgo enrollment from critical public benefits that support their health, food security, housing stability, productivity, and self-sufficiency. Drawing on our legal service work and engagement with immigrants and their families, our comment details early signs of the Proposed Rule’s chilling effect on public benefits participation among immigrants and their families, including U.S.-born citizen children.
Please join us in standing up for immigrant families and denouncing this deeply flawed proposed public charge rule. The deadline to submit a comment is Monday, December 10, 2018.
For more information about the proposed rule or the Mississippi Center for Justice’s food security and public benefits advocacy, please contact Madeline Morcelle firstname.lastname@example.org.