Lofgren Statement on Trump Administration Public Charge Rule

September 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule: 

“After Republicans failed to pass anti-immigrant legislation in Congress, the Trump Administration is now continuing their quest to divide our country by attempting to circumvent the legislative branch to redefine our longstanding “public charge” laws in illegitimate and unprecedented ways.  For decades undocumented immigrants have been prohibited from receiving “welfare.”  This proposal goes far beyond that.

“Incredibly, this rule would, according to the Trump Administration itself, have broad profound negative impacts on the health, safety, and well-being of American communities across the country.  In the draft regulation, the Trump Administration declares that, if implemented, the proposed rule could make America much sicker and poorer, including through:  “worse health outcomes, including increased prevalence of obesity and malnutrition, especially for pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants, or children”; “increased prevalence of communicable diseases”; “increased rates of poverty”; “increased rates of housing instability”; “reduced productivity”; and “reduced educational attainment.” 

“The Trump Administration declares this rule will harm American families in communities all across the nation – yet it nevertheless decided to plow ahead in its zeal to vilify immigrants and attempt to drive political wedges between communities in America. 

“This is simply the latest attempt to divide and distract Americans from the many real ways in which Trump and the Republican Party have supported policies and legislation that hurt the middle class.  It’s no secret that middle-class wages have failed to keep up with skyrocketing health-care, education, and housing costs.  Instead of addressing these issues, Republicans have enacted tax cuts for the wealthy, worked to cut education funding, and proposed cuts to Medicare and Social Security.  This Administration has failed to promote policies that unite Americans, and has instead embraced policies that are ugly, divisive and unproductive.  This is more of the same.”

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