Supervisor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration filing in the Federal Registry on Oct. 10 a proposed change to the ‘public charge’ rule that would expand the definition of public benefits:
“The Trump Administration has announced a proposed change to the ‘public charge’ rule that would expand the definition of public benefits. If this expanded definition is adopted, federal officials will consider a person’s use of non-cash public benefits, such as nutrition assistance, housing subsidies and health care programs, while that individual is attempting to adjust his/her immigration status. Simply put, some families may be forced to choose between health care and nutrition for their children or adjusting their immigration status. This is wrong.
Los Angeles County is the safety net of last resort for many children and families. The proposed rule will have, and was designed to have, a wide-reaching chilling effect on enrollment in essential public benefits. We are doing everything possible to stop this proposed rule from being enacted.
Please join me in opposing this proposed rule from being enacted. I encourage everyone to voice their opposition during the 60-day public comment period that started today by submitting an online comment here: http://oia.lacounty.gov/publiccharge/. We must stand with our most vulnerable residents and reject this misguided and un-American proposal.”
Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, Deputy Communications Director, (213) 359-0795 or firstname.lastname@example.org