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CAIR Welcomes Biden Administration’s Rescinding of Harmful Public Charge Immigration Rule

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/21) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today welcome President Biden’s executive order to rescind the prior administration’s “public charge” order, which gave the government wide-reaching authorities to create barriers for certain low-income immigrants receiving public aid from being awarded green cards or temporary visas.  

READ: Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans 

READ: White House Fact Sheet: President Biden Outlines Steps to Reform Our Immigration System by Keeping Families Together, Addressing the Root Causes of Irregular Migration, and Streamlining the Legal Immigration System 

CAIR, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said the public charge order created barriers for millions of low-income immigrant families to receiving critical health care support during the COVID-19 pandemic, other nutritional services during a national hunger crisis and other safety net programs.  

In a statement CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw said: 

“CAIR welcomes President Biden’s order to rescind the prior administration’s public charge immigration rule. 

“The public charge rule was clearly anti-immigrant and designed for the sole purpose of harming the most vulnerable and at-risk among us.  

“As a nation, our government should be working to serve those who are the most in need, instead of seeking to cut them off from services during a national health and food crisis.  

“The American Muslim community encourages the Biden-Harris administration to deliver on the promise of this and related immigration orders by restoring humanity into our admission processes and repairing the harm caused by the prior administration.” 

The executive order on immigration also: 

1) Rescinds prior orders requiring families sponsoring immigrants to repay the government if that relative received public benefits,  

2) Creates a task force to reunify families separated under the prior administration,  

3) Instructs federal agencies to review regulations, policies, and guidance that have set up barriers to our legal immigration system; and, 

4) Ensures refugees and asylum seekers have access to legal avenues to the United States, among other reforms. 

Last year, CAIR decried a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed a Trump administration change to public charge immigration rules. 

Three years ago, CAIR joined the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), co-chairs of the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing our Future campaign (PIF), and over 1,100 other organization in an open statement strongly opposing this proposed rule and urged “the Administration to withdraw this dangerous proposal and work with us to build policies that support immigrants as healthy, productive and successful members of America’s communities and families.” 

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. 

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.          

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.          


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,   

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