City vows im­mig-aid reg bat­tle

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY JILLIAN JOR­GENSEN

City of­fi­cials and im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates are vow­ing to fight against Pres­i­dent Trump’s “pub­lic charge” pro­posal — which could force 75,000 le­gal im­mi­grants in New York City to de­cide be­tween re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits like food stamps or get­ting a green card.

“My mes­sage is we’re go­ing to fight this mis­taken, bro­ken pol­icy,” de Bla­sio said, not­ing he’d spo­ken with Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic may­ors from other cities who agreed. “This is a hor­ri­ble pro­posal that will un­der­mine our cities, un­der­mine our economies, it’s un­fair to peo­ple who play by the rules.”

The rule change, which was listed of­fi­cially in the fed­eral reg­is­ter Wed­nes­day and pro­posed by the ad­min­is­tra­tion as a cost-cut­ting mea­sure, would dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand the kinds of pub­lic as­sis­tance that can count against cer­tain cat­e­gories of im­mi­grants when they ap­ply for a green card — to in­clude SNAP food stamps, Med­i­caid, and hous­ing as­sis­tance.

The im­mi­grants tar­geted by the pro­posal are in the U.S. le­gally and are al­lowed to ac­cess those so­cial ser­vices.

“Pres­i­dent Trump is talk­ing out both sides of his mouth. He has a very neg­a­tive at­ti­tude to­ward peo­ple who came here with­out doc­u­men­ta­tion, but here you’re talk­ing about peo­ple who have done every­thing by the rules … and he wants to pe­nal­ize them,” de Bla­sio said. “It’s a clas­sic na­tivist mes­sage, and it’s go­ing to drive us into the ground.”

The rule has not yet gone into ef­fect, and is now sub­ject to a 60-day com­ment pe­riod.

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