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Workers Circle Condemns Trump’s Draconian Changes to Public Charge

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2020
Lynsey Billet, lynsey@anatgerstein.com, 347-361-8449

Workers Circle Condemns Trump’s Draconian Changes to Public Charge

(New York) – The Workers Circle CEO Ann Toback released the following statement in response to President Trump’s changes to the public charge provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act, which go into effect today:

“Today is another devastating day for those of us who believe in an America that is welcoming and open to immigrants. From the outset, we have opposed President Trump’s changes to the public charge provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Thanks to a narrow vote in the US Supreme Court, that rule will go into effect today, making clear that our country’s doors are open only to a select subset of primarily white, wealthier immigrants. Those who come here without deep pockets, or perhaps requiring a modicum of assistance as they take the hard steps to learn a new language, find work, and make a new home for their families on their path to citizenship, following in the footsteps of so many of our own ancestors need not apply.

This President is not the first, nor will he likely be the last, to use the public charge provision to appeal to bigoted, anti-immigrant sentiment. As a Jewish organization, we remember the changes President Herbert Hoover made to the provision in the 1930s, excluding those fleeing Nazi Germany who were turned away because they had insufficient assets. As a direct result, when Hitler rose to power a mere three years later, countless Jews were left with no viable entry to America.

With the implementation of this draconian rule, the federal government is, as it did in the 1930s, inflicting an exclusionary policy that will result in suffering and discrimination. At the Workers Circle, we remain committed to a better, brighter future for all immigrants and are hopeful that the courts will halt this dangerous policy once and for all.”