Grace Meng Demands DHS Withdraw Immigration Proposal Denying Green Cards
Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-NY) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her agency to withdraw a proposal that would deny green cards to immigrants and immigrant families who have lawfully used public benefits. Meng said the proposal violates federal law -- agencies are required to provide public justifications for any newly proposed policy that would harm families. The Trump administration in September announced that immigrants who legally use public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers could be denied green cards under new rules aimed at keeping out people the administration deems a drain on the country. Such a move could force millions of poor immigrants, who rely on public assistance for food and shelter, to make a difficult choice between accepting financial help and seeking a green card to live and work legally in the U.S. “Secretary Nielsen must withdraw the proposed public charge rule,” said Meng. “This heartless proposal would harm the wellbeing of immigrant families for no good reason. There is no way that DHS can adequately justify to the American people that harming the wellbeing of immigrant families in this manner is necessary.” Read her full letter here.