NIAC Statement on the Trump Admin’s “Public Charge” Regulation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 12, 2019 
CONTACT: Mana Mostatabi | 202.386.6325 x103 | mmostatabi@niacouncil.org 

WASHINGTON DC – Today, the Trump administration announced that it will penalize legal immigrants relying on programs such as food stamps and government-subsidized housing in its latest attempt to reduce legal immigration into the US.

In response, NIAC President Jamal Abdi said:

“NIAC is deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s public charge rule change, which is yet another step from this administration designed to target immigrant communities in pursuit of its discriminatory, white nationalist goals. This administration’s hostility toward immigrants began with the Muslim ban, which is still in force, and continued with its disgraceful raids and family separation. Unfortunately, Trump has not yet been sufficiently reined in by the courts or Congress, to the detriment of our nation. Bolder action is needed to stop this administration from continuing to implement its radical immigration agenda.”

NIAC previously drafted an FAQ and invited its members to oppose the public rule change in 2018.