FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2018
Church World Service Denounces Administration’s New Proposed Rule that Would Prevent Families from Accessing Life-Saving Services
CWS calls on American public to oppose radical changes to “public charge” regulations
Washington, D.C. – Today, Church World Service submitted an official comment decrying the administration’s latest attempt to target immigrant families, this time by attempting to expand the definition of “public charge.” The proposed rule change would allow the administration to deny many immigrants permanent residency and prevent individuals from even entering the country if they use an expanded list of services that ensure families have access to medical care, food, and other basic needs. Families should not be penalized for utilizing services that help them become healthier, stronger, and more employable.
In response to the proposed rule change, Rev. John L. McCullough, CWS President and CEO, issued the following statement:
“Hard-working immigrant families shouldn’t have to choose between family reunification and having enough to eat. Investing in nutrition, health care, and other essential needs keeps children learning, parents working, and families strong, and allows all of us to contribute fully to our communities. This an attack against families and children. This type of policy goes against the tenets of our faith traditions — to welcome and love our neighbors, and especially to care for our children.”
CWS encourages everyone who understands the many ways that immigrants contribute to our communities to submit comments here: https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org [scroll down to “submit a comment”]
Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at GreaterAs1.org.