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Here is a brief summary of the synopsis:
- Public charge - outlines the benefits that impact the determination of who will be considered a “public charge” – in essence, impacting what an immigrant family can access that will be reviewed as part of their immigration process
- There are currently proposed changes to what benefits will have impact - The new changes include a much broader list of benefits including health care, nutrition, and housing programs
- The rule will NOT be retroactive and does NOT include benefits that are considered emergency relief, disaster relief, or anything not listed on the attached
- Certain groups are not subject to public charge, including refugees, asylees, survivors of domestic violence, and other protected groups
Here is information on submitting comments:
Who can submit a comment? Anyone! Note: comments must be submitted in English. However you may submit comments in another language with an English translation and statement from the translator verifying its accuracy.
How much time do you have? Comments can be submitted now through December 10th.
What information is required? First and last name only. If individuals want to submit anonymously, a third party can submit on their behalf. NOTE: if you are submitting on behalf of someone else, explain your relationship to that individual and provide as much detail as possible without disclosing that individual’s identity.
How do you submit a comment? The easiest way to submit a comment is through the Protecting Immigrant Families site. However, if you would like to provide a longer comment or do not want to provide a zip code or email address you can submit directly through regulations.gov. For individuals without internet access, comments can be mailed to the following address:
; Samantha Deshommes, Office of Policy and Strategy
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140
Tips: 1) Don’t copy and paste template language. Only unique comments will be reviewed. 2) Explain what you think is wrong with the proposed rule (don’t try to fix it). 3) Provide personal experiences in your own words.
Below is a list of resources regarding equality, and your rights.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family as DACA ends
DACA Announcement Reaction Toolkit
What Do I Need to Know About the End of DACA
Department of Homeland Security: FAQ About Rescission of DACA
DREAM Act Toolkit https://dreamacttoolkit.org/
FWD.us: Resource that helps you contact your congressman. Also gives other resources for advocacy and political involvement
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) http://e4fc.org/
Immigrant Legal Resource Center https://www.ilrc.org/
Student Immigrant Movement - local Boston organization for undocumented students