WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) sent a letter to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling for her agency to withdraw its proposed public charge rule for non-compliance with federal law. Under federal law, agencies are required to provide public justifications for any newly proposed policy that would harm families. DHS’s new proposed rule seeks to deny green cards to immigrants and immigrant families who have lawfully used public benefits.
“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.”
The text of Meng’s letter is below and a copy of the correspondence can be viewed here.
Originally posted on Dec. 4, 2018.