(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/27/20) â€“Â The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nationâ€™s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today decried a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allows a Trump administration change to immigration rules that would give the government wide-reaching ability to deny green cards to those who have participated in public aid programs.
Current immigration law classifies immigrants who are dependent on the government for more than half their income as â€œpublic chargesâ€ and prevents them from obtaining green cards and visas.
The new rule would expand the definition of public charge to include anyone receiving food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies or who is deemed â€œlikely at any timeâ€ to do so.Â
That change, first announced in September and affirmed by the Supreme Court today, affects more than 380,000 people.
SEE: Supreme Court allows Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration rule
â€œThe Supreme Courtâ€™s decision will further marginalize immigrant communities and will inevitably create a socioeconomic hierarchy in our immigration system,â€ saidÂ CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. â€œThe Trump administrationâ€™s policy could quite literally kill people by making them too afraid to seek life-saving medical care, and the Supreme Court seems to agree such a cruel system is acceptable.â€
McCaw urged Congress to cosponsor the No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act of 2019 (H.R. 3222) which would nullify the new policy.
Learn more about the rule and its effects here:
Public Charge: A New Threat to Immigrant Families
Frequently Asked Questions: Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule
Two years ago, CAIR joined more than 1,100 other organizations in an open statement strongly opposing the rule change when it was proposed last year. The Washington-based civil rights organization also submitted a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Federal Register calling on the Trump administration to withdraw the rule.
SEE: Action Alert: Join CAIRâ€™s Petition Urging USCIS to Withdraw Trumpâ€™s Proposal to Restrict New Green Cards for Those Using Public Aid
CAIRâ€™s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.