ACLU Comments on Public Charge Proposed Rule

The ACLU submitted these comments in strong opposition to the proposed regulations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security entitled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” The proposed rules would disrupt decades of established understanding of the concept of public charge, and would impose harsh and unnecessary discrimination and exclusions on individuals who are otherwise eligible for entry or change of status. The rules would needlessly harm immigrant families, including women and children. Immigrants with disabilities are especially singled out by the Department for adverse treatment, in contravention of the nondiscrimination principles repeatedly endorsed by the U.S. Congress. The comments urged that the proposal be withdrawn in its entirety, and that longstanding principles remain in effect.

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