August 12, 2019
Contact: Carolina Bortolleto

CT Immigrant Community Responds to the New “Public Charge” Rule


Monday, Aug 12, 2019

Contact: Carolina Bortolleto | [email protected] | 203-942-3052


Trump Administration Once Again Seeks to Harm Immigrant Families

CT Immigrant Community Responds to the New “Public Charge” Rule that tells us  “if you’re not white and rich, ‘you’re not welcome’ in this country.”

Bridgeport & Harford, CT-- More than 260,000 people spoke out last year, overwhelmingly opposing the Trump Administration’s “public charge” attack on immigrant families. Despite that outcry, the Administration today released a final regulation that puts people — disproportionately in families of color — at risk of immigration denials if they use public programs like Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and housing assistance.

Barbara Lopez, Executive Director of  Make The Road CT issued the following statement in response:

“The Trump’s administration “public charge” rule could change the face of legal immigrants to this country.   It sends the message that if you’re not white and rich, ‘you’re not welcome’ in this country.

Once again we see that with this administration, the cruelty is the point.  This is an unnecessary rule meant to create fear in immigrant communities and capitalize on anti-immigrant rhetoric. Undocumented immigrants are already not eligible for public benefits and the “public charge” rule already existed, but now the administration wants to expand it to include programs that many need to survive - like medicaid and nutrition assistance." 

This rule forces already marginalized communities of color forced to pick between what they need — health care, food, a safe home — and a  future with their loved ones in the US. At Make The Road, we know that the best way to build a strong country is to ensure that our families can thrive. That’s why we’re committed to educating and empowering our communities so that they know their rights and know what benefits and resources are available"



Make the Road Connecticut works to support immigrants to be active in their communities and to lift themselves out of poverty through legal and support services, civic engagement, transformative education and policy innovation.

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