AILA Public Statements, Press Releases

New Rule Would Impose Class-Based Limits on Immigration, Bringing Harm to Hardworking Families

9/24/18 AILA Doc. No. 18092470.
George Tzamaras
Belle Woods

WASHINGTON, DC — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Trump administration announced the upcoming publication of a proposed rule that if implemented as written, would prevent many immigrants from securing lawful permanent residence and remaining with their families in the United States, simply because they previously received some type of basic health care support, nutrition assistance, or other vital services.

AILA President Anastasia Tonello stated, "As rumors of this meanspirited plan have swirled for months, public officials across the country, including city leaders and health administrators have spoken out against it given the far-reaching, negative implications it would have on the health and well-being of families including those living and working in the U.S. in lawful status. Anyone with immigrant ancestors should ask themselves, would they have been allowed to stay here under these rules? The simple answer for so many is no. Despite overwhelming nonpartisan evidence that clearly shows the essential role that working-class immigrants play in building strong communities and a thriving U.S. economy, these new rules would weaken America by punishing those who may be just starting out on the road to economic prosperity. This latest attempt by the Trump administration to add to the invisible wall must be stopped."

Benjamin Johnson, AILA Executive Director added, "The proposed rule is the Trump administration's latest assault on immigrant families who are integral to the fabric of American society and have been pivotal to our nation's success. Fortunately, this proposal is not the law and we can help prevent it from becoming the law by voicing our opposition to it and pointing out its flaws through the upcoming public comment process. Right now, the American people, business owners, and everyone who cares about our country's values and prosperity should be preparing to comment and tell the Trump administration that we will not stand for its latest plan to keep families apart."


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