Congressman Al Green's Statement on the USCIS Public Charge Rule

Oct 16, 2018

(Houston, TX) - Congressman Al Green made the following statement regarding the public charge rule that was officially published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 10, 2018:  
“The United States of America has long been the land of the free and home of the brave; a beacon of hope and a loadstone for everyone from every place. Although centuries of politics and international catastrophes have caused America’s welcoming spirit of inclusion to become more regulated, it has still been extended to the haves and the have nots. However, the Trump Administration has made several attempts to not only eliminate America’s welcome to many vulnerable immigrant populations but also to end our embrace of lawful, law-abiding immigrants. This administration has abandoned the spirit of welcome emblazoned on our Statue of Liberty: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ This is evident in the shameful new proposed public charge policy. 
“This new public charge proposal published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is but another example of the cruel and divisive policies emanating from the Trump administration. This was evidenced by the President’s attempt to ban Muslims from entering our country. It was evidenced by his patronizing and belittling ‘s---hole countries’ statement regarding certain African, Latin American, and Caribbean nations while in the Oval Office. Currently, it is evidenced by his aim to slant our immigration system in favor of the haves, to the detriment of the have nots referenced on our Statue of Liberty – those who may need a temporary hard hand up not a permanent hand out.  
“Ours is a country whose economy is sustained in part by immigrants, those ‘tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’ This new public charge policy is but a stealthy attempt at showcasing a ‘welcome’ sign to the haves while displaying a ‘do not enter’ sign to the have nots.”