WASHINGTON — The Trump administration published new rules that greatly restricts eligibility for lawful permanent residence and citizenship based on immigrants’ use of government services, household income, education, and other criteria.
Mi Familia Vota issued the following statement:
“We are appalled that President Trump continues to strategically draft policies that harm our communities rather than invest in creating solutions for our communities. The Trump administration’s public charge rules are another attack on the immigrant and Latino community, and a revived effort to preclude those seeking to come or remain in the United States – using legal avenues – from accessing the American Dream.
“Trump is using his presidency to advance a hate-based anti-immigrant agenda using every tactic possible: ICE raids, policy changes, rhetoric inciting violence, and more. American values are continuously being challenged by this administration and these new rules set a modern litmus test for immigrants while also creating a false narrative that negates the benefits and contributions that these communities offer our country.
“The White House is failing to bring constructive changes that would enable immigrants to adjust their immigration status and work for a better financial future. Instead, this administration is increasing the social and legal challenges that immigrants face solely to create a hostile environment for our communities.
Mi Familia Vota worked to oppose public charge rules and will continue to oppose the announced rule changes. We will mobilize and saturate our community with relief and education efforts that include citizenship assistance for all who are eligible. We also won’t allow our communities to be denigrated; immigrants are a rich, valued segment of our population and we will continue to uplift their stories and enable them to use their power.”
Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.