Utah Community Groups Oppose Rule Change that will Impact Immigrant Communities

Salt Lake City, Utah: On Wednesday, October 10th the Department of Homeland Security published a proposed rule in the Federal Register. The rule, titled ‘Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds’ or the ‘Public Charge’ rule, expands the current definition of ‘public charge’ and could impact legal immigrants’ willingness to access certain public programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), non-emergency, Medicaid, Medicare, Part D and Housing Assistance.

In response to the significant and harmful departure from current policy, thirteen community groups, including the City of Salt Lake and Salt Lake County released the following call to action and statement in opposition to the proposed rule:

Public Statement in Opposition to Proposed Public Charge Rule

The Trump administration has released a sweeping new immigration regulation proposal, known as the “Public Charge” rule. If adopted, the rule could have a negative impact on Utah and may lead to increased poverty, hunger, unmet health care needs and trauma for communities across Utah. As advocates working to improve the lives of ALL low-income Utahns, we strongly oppose any rule that could threaten the health and wellbeing of all of us, including immigrants.

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