ACTION NEEDED BEFORE DEC. 10!
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service hosts the Migrant & Refugee Leadership Academy (MRLA), an event dedicated to equipping refugees and migrants with basic advocacy training, media training, and the tools
to tell their own unique story. Participants come away from the event as “alumni” and go on to become leaders and advocates in their local communities.
NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE TO HARM MILLIONS OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES
The Trump administration recently released a proposed rule that could deny green cards (permanent residency) to legal immigrants who have used, or might use, safety-net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Medicaid.
If this public charge rule is adopted, immigrant families could be forced to make the impossible choice: use SNAP benefits to put food on the table and risk the chance of getting deported. Or, they could choose not to accept help and suffer for lack of food or medical care.
Nearly one quarter of children in the U.S. have at least one immigrant parent, and 9 in 10 of these
children, who would be most impacted, are citizens. Immigrants are among those most in need of the
programs targeted under the public charge rule, as they experience hunger at twice the rate of other Americans –
(25.1 percent to 13.9 percent) in 2017.
Penalizing hardworking immigrant families and their children for using safety-
net programs undermines our future workforce and weakens the economy.
Throughout scripture, God calls us to act with hospitality when welcoming the stranger. In fact, Jesus himself was born away from his home and depended on the hospitality of strangers. As Christians, we must reject the public charge rule that targets immigrant communities. Now more than ever, we must stand with immigrant families who fear that despite their hard work, they might still be deported just because they need a helping hand.
Before December 10, submit a comment urging the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw this harmful rule. Before President Trump’s “public charge” rule can be finalized, the administration is required by law to review and respond to every unique public commentthey receive about the proposed regulation.
Go to or Google Protecting Immigrant Families and scroll down the page.
Fill out the “Submit a Comment” form.
Use the sample comments but add your own personalized comments to receive a reply.
Click “Submit Comment” (the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign will automatically
submit your comment to the public register).