BOSTON – Eva Millona, President and CEO of the MIRA Coalition, today issued the following statement in response to a federal court’s summary judgement vacating the public charge rule, thus blocking implementation of the policy nationwide.
“The new public charge rule is an unconscionable attack on low-income immigrant communities that aims to stop them from accessing safety net programs in a time of need. Today’s federal court decision to put a stop to this cruel policy is a major victory for the thousands of immigrants across the nation who are applying for green cards while also supporting their families through a public health and economic crisis. MIRA will continue to stand with our immigrant communities and fight back against attacks on low-income communities, including attempts to increase application fees and severely limit fee waivers.”
The new Public Charge rule, which went into effect in February 2020, aimed to prevent working-class immigrants from receiving a green card or visa. Today’s decision in the case of Cook County, Illinois, et al v. Wolf et. al. found that the policy was unlawful, that it was arbitrary and capricious, and that it exceeded the Department of Homeland Security’s authority.
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