FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2023
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Emily Morris, 213-457-7458
Madison Allman, 202-384-1279
NILC Urges President Biden to Veto Challenge to Public Charge Rule
WASHINGTON — Kica Matos, president of the National Immigration Law Center and the NILC Immigrant Justice Fund, issued the following statement in response to the Senate vote to repeal the Biden administration’s public charge rule:
“For years, the National Immigration Law Center and a broad coalition of allies fought back against Trump’s cruel public charge wealth test that threatened the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families who call the U.S. home. When he took office, President Biden and his administration worked to undo this damage and create a new rule to reinstate and clarify longstanding policy and address socioeconomic and racial inequities.
“To see a Senate majority vote to send us back to the cruelty of the Trump era is unacceptable. This is the latest attempt in a tired right-wing political playbook meant to keep the American public divided and distracted while Republicans scapegoat immigrants and undermine the values to which this nation aspires.
“We urge the House to vote to reject this harmful measure, and should it land on President Biden’s desk, we expect him to veto it. The wellbeing of entire communities is on the line.”