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Protecting Immigrant Families from Forthcoming Harsh Regulations

with Gavin Kearney, Madison Hardee, and Sonya Schwartz

The Trump administration is poised to propose new regulations that would further limit immigrant access to vital safety net programs. A leaked copy of the draft regulations revealed a dramatically expanded “public charge doctrine” under which immigrants could be denied admission to the United States or permanent residency if they or their dependents have used or are considered likely to use public benefits programs. Such changes would increase poverty, stress, and fear among immigrant communities. How can you and your organization fight back?

In our May 2018 episode of the Advocacy Exchange, our monthly conversation with advocates advancing change, we discussed the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign and the efforts to get as many poverty advocates as possible to oppose these regulations. Gavin Kearney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; Madison Hardee, CLASP; and Sonya Schwartz, consultant for the National Immigration Law Center, explained the regulations and the concrete steps you can take to join the campaign.

Further Resources:

Gavin Kearney, Madison Hardee, Gabrielle Lessard, & Sonya Schwartz, The Trump Administration's Next Attack on Immigrant Families and How You Can Fight It, Clearinghouse (May 2018)

Lisa D. Ekman, Participating in Rulemaking: How Your Organization Can Influence Federal Policy, 47 Clearinghouse Review 343 (Jan.–Feb. 2014)

Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Resources

Sign up form for Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign listserv (weekly updates and rapid response resources as soon as the rule is published for comment)

Sign up form for Active Member and Working Group registration with the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign (for organizations that want to be more involved)

Protecting Immigrant Families Share-a-Story website

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