Oregon anti-poverty and immigrant rights advocates join the fight to stop Trump proposal to limit green cards for low income families

Oregon anti-poverty and immigrant rights advocates join the fight to stop Trump proposal to limit green cards for low income families

Protect Oregon’s Immigrant Families is a network of organizations who are united in opposition to the Trump Administration’s proposal to expand the “public charge” definition, limiting green card access for families with lower incomes.

Read the statement from Protect Oregon’s Immigrant Families’ coalition partners Causa Oregon, Innovation Law Lab, Oregon Food Bank, Latino Network, the Portland Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon.

“The Public Charge rule expansion would limit the ability of lawfully present immigrants to complete their residency process if they access services to cover their families basic needs, including SNAP benefits, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing assistance. Under the proposed rule, immigrant families would be forced to make impossible choices between accessing vital programs that safeguard their health, nutrition, housing, and economic security and keeping their family together in the United States.

‘No one in Oregon who is eligible for anti-poverty programs should be deterred, penalized, stigmatized, or suffer adverse immigration consequences for their legally authorized use of safety net programs,’ said Annie Kirschner, Executive Director of Partners of a Hunger Free Oregon, ‘that is why we are uniting organizations across sectors and throughout the state to speak up for Oregon families and say no to the proposal to expand Public Charge.’

It is important to recognize that food assistance provided by the statewide Oregon Food Bank network of regional food banks and partner agencies is not included in the proposed rule. Individuals concerned about how use of other services could affect them under this proposal should speak to an immigration attorney.

The proposed rule on public charge has not yet been published to the federal register. Therefore the public comment period, the process of submitting responses directly to the Department of Homeland Security for consideration and review, is not yet open. Additional materials and guidance will be available shortly. Until then, individuals and organizations are invited to inform themselves about the issue and to take a stand against the rule change.”

Read more about Public Charge and the proposed changes on our resource page.