The 4Cs is asking for your help on an issue that could harm our students and our colleges. Last week the Department of Homeland Security officially published its proposed “public charge” rule that will restrict individuals receiving green cards. It will also likely increase fear among immigrant populations on using public services.
Many of our students need the safety net that public services provide. Our colleges have food banks because our students have food insecurity. The Hartford Courant has reported on the high level of housing insecurity in our system. Recently, the Connecticut Community Colleges became a leader is offering free courses to SNAP recipients as a means of obtaining education that will help them to become self-sufficient.
Even if our students are in the U.S. legally, there will likely be confusion and fear in immigrant families over use of the programs that lead to legal residents losing status.
Participation in the following programs will disqualify immigrants from green cards:
Personal factors that will be counted against immigrants include:
Help us fight back and stop this rule from taking effect! The 4Cs is asking you to submit comments on how this proposed change could affect our colleges! The federal government will be accepting comments until December 10.
Go to SEIU.org/TakeCharge to submit a comment.
ebenson October 19th, 2018
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SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry issued the following statement on the newly-proposed public charge rule that would make it impossible for working people and low-income immigrants who participate in healthcare and social services programs to receive a green card:
“This proposed rule goes against who we are as Americans. We are a nation that welcomes immigrants, rescues refugees and aspires to treat people equally regardless of creed, color, or where they come from.
“If this proposal is finalized, it could force families to forego needed healthcare or go hungry or become homeless in exchange for the opportunity of becoming a green card holder in the future. Parents will have to choose between taking their children to the doctor or being able to watch their children grow and remain together as a family. It’s unconscionable to force this decision on people who are trying to build a better life at the same time that hundreds of children fleeing persecution have been forcibly separated from their parents.
“This will have lasting consequences not just on the well-being of working families, but also the communities in which they live. Immigrants pay city, county, state and federal taxes that contribute to their communities, and finance healthcare and social service programs. If they are driven into the shadows or out of this country, everyone will suffer.
“SEIU members are standing strong in our union to stand up and fight back. We are fighting for our nation’s soul and to protect immigrant communities across the country. “President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have the power to do the right thing. If they don’t, we will hold them accountable for standing in the way of immigrant families and turning their back on working people.”
The 4Cs will be sharing more information about the public charge rule when the public comment period opens.
ebenson October 1st, 2018
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ebenson October 6th, 2016
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