NAPAWF NYC Leadership Committee Condemn New “Public Charge” Rule, the Latest Attack on Immigrants


August 13, 2019

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NEW YORK, NY—Yesterday, news broke that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will release the final version of its controversial "public charge" rule. Under the policy, immigrants lawfully present in the United States could be deemed a "public charge" and denied lawful permanent status (also known as green card status) for using some public assistance programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and housing assistance. This rule will harm millions of immigrants, particularly women and families, in the United States and is set to take effect on October 15.

The NAPAWF NYC Leadership Committee issued the following statement:

"The "public charge" rule, finalized yesterday despite widespread opposition, is just the latest attack from the Trump-Pence administration's anti-immigrant and racist agenda. Since taking office, the Trump-Pence administration has used racist and dehumanizing rhetoric, incited violence, separated children from their parents, blocked undocumented minors from accessing abortion, and incarcerated immigrants in camps. They have banned refugees from Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. and and ordered massive ICE raids. Now, the administration is weaponizing the "public charge" rule to dramatically redefine our immigration system to disenfranchise communities of color and favor the white and wealthy.  

"If implemented, this cruel policy will penalize immigrants for using public assistance programs and force them to choose between meeting basic needs-- such as health care, nutritional food, and housing-- and keeping their families together. Instead of making our nation safer, this inhumane regulation will create a chilling effect, spreading terror and inflicting trauma on millions of immigrants.

"Fortunately, Congress has the power to fight back. We applaud Representative Judy Chu (D-California) for sponsoring The No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act, a bill that would block funding of the regulation's implementation. Among the 48 representatives who co-sponsored the legislation, five members represent New York. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) has also expressed her intention to introduce a companion bill in the Senate after the congressional recess. We urge Congress to reject this “public charge” rule and protect immigrants.

"Last year, NAPAWF NYC joined hundreds of community and advocacy organizations and thousands of activists to submit a record number of comments opposing the proposed rule. Our fight for reproductive justice includes immigrant justice and ensuring each person, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status, has the right to determine if or when to have children; to have healthy pregnancies; to parent with support, dignity, and respect; and to keep their families together. We will continue to advocate in solidarity with our immigrant community to oppose this policy and block its implementation.”


The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum's New York City chapter (NAPAWF NYC) builds power with members to advance social justice and human rights for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPIs) self-identified women living in New York. Through community organizing and policy advocacy, NAPAWF*NYC is working to create a world where AANHPI women, girls, and people have the political, economic, and social power and resources to live and thrive with dignity and respect. | @napawfnyc