Final Rule on Public Charge: Countering the Tactics of Fear and Intimation

Topic:  Immigration and Nationalization, Final Rule  Public  Charge,  Undocumented  communities
Participants:  Laura Urias Esq.   Attorney
Broadcast Air Date: 08/23/19
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
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Discussion Points

  •  Is the statue of liberty poem going to be amended?
  •  Who will be affected by the change to the Immigration and Naturalization process?
  •  The changes to the Final Rule on Public Charge will take effect on October 15, 2019
  • Can an injunction postpone the enforcement of the final rule change?
  •  If you presently hold legal permanent residence status, then you will not need to prove the public charge test to renew the “green card?”
  • The public charge rule does not apply, if you are submitting an application for citizenship?
  • How has the rhetoric and misinformation created fear and discouragement to become US citizens?
  •  If the public charge rule has been a criteria for naturalization for over a hundred years, then what is new about the policy change to take effect October 15,2019?
  •  Is the change to the public charge rule a strategic attack on undocumented communities?
  •  How will the public charge rule affect mixed status households?
  •   If most public benefits are available to legal residents and US citizens, then why is the public charge rule focusing on the use of assistance programs by undocumented communities?
  •  What financial services are exempt from the criteria for evaluating inadmissibility?
  •  Parents may be hesitant to request medical services for their US born children in fear that the medical services will be used against the parent’s application.
  •  Is the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program exempt from the public charge rule?
  •  How will the change to the public charge rule ripple through our families?
  • Why do we accept the rhetoric that undocumented people are taking advantage of the system when the reality is that undocumented individuals do not qualify for many of the public assistance programs such as Medical or Medicare?
  • What factors will be used to determine if someone is likely to become a public charge in the future?
  • Will age, health markers and credit reports be used to discriminate people?
  • How will the change to public charge rule affect the future demographic composition of the United States?
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