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Statement on the Trump Administration's Public Charge Rule | Delaración de la Administración Trump sobre la Regulación de “Carga Pública”
Whitman-Walker Health

August 19, 2019

Whitman-Walker is outraged by the “public charge” rule that the Trump Administration issued this past Monday and concerned about the specific impact it will have in our communities. The rule is lengthy, complicated and fundamentally attempts to bar many immigrants from obtaining green cards, and ultimately becoming citizens, if they participate in a wide range of public medical, food, housing and other programs intended to help lower-income people. The rule is a dramatic departure from longstanding U.S. immigration policy and is bad public health policy that tarnishes the American dream. It is striking fear in immigrant communities and sends the message that this Administration thinks that America is not for them. Contrary to this misconceived thinking, our diversity is our strength. We vigorously opposed the rule when it was proposed last year. It has already been challenged in court, and we hope that it will quickly be struck down.

Whitman-Walker wants everyone to know that we remain committed to providing high-quality, welcoming and confidential services to everyone, regardless of immigration status, income, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and sexual orientation. Our attorneys and Public Benefits and Insurance Navigators are experts in the law and public benefit programs. This “public charge” rule does not affect everyone – there are many classes of immigrants who are exempt. If you have any questions about the rule or how it might affect you or your family, please call our Legal Services Department at (202) 939-7630 or e-mail us at contact-legal@whitman-walker.org. For more information about this new rule, click here: https://www.uscis.gov/greencard/public-charge


Whitman-Walker expresa su indignación con la regulación de “carga pública” [public charge] que la Administración Trump acaba de promulgar el pasado lunes, y en particular, su preocupación, por su impacto en nuestras comunidades. La regulación en cuestión es larga y compleja, y esencialmente representa un esfuerzo de excluir a un gran número de immigrantes para que obtengan la residencia o tarjeta verde [green card] y finalmente la ciudadania, sí dichos solicitantes han participado en algún tipo de beneficio público, salud, suplemento alimenticio, vivienda y una amplia gama de beneficios sociales, diseñados a ayudar a personas de bajo ingreso. Esta nueva regulación, representa un dramático alejamiento de las regulaciones de Immigración en efecto hasta el momento, además de ir en contra de principios de salúd pública que denigran el concepto “del Sueño Americano”. Es además una forma de infundir temor en las comunidades emigrantes que conlleva un claro mensaje, por parte de esta Administración, de que America no les pertece. Pero muy al contrario de esta descabellada forma de pensar, la diversidad de nuestra sociedad, constituye nuestra fuerza. Whitman-Walker ya ha proclamado vigorosamente su oposición a dicha regulación cuando fué propuesta el pasado año. Existe un recurso judicial en los tribunals de justicia impugnando dicha regulación y esperamos que ésta sea erradicada muy pronto.

Whitman-Walker quiere dejar claro que vamos a continuar con nuestro compromiso de seguir proveyendo servicios confidenciales y de alta calidada todos nuestros pacientes, sin importar el estatus migratorio, ingreso, raza, etnicidad, orígen nacional, género u orientación sexual. Nuestras abogadas/os y Navegadores/as de Beneficios Públicos y Seguro de Salúd, son expertos en leyes y programas de beneficios públicos. Además, es importante recordar, que esta regla de “Carga Publica” no afecta a todos por igual - hay muchas categorias de emigrantes que estan exemptos. Para preguntas acerca de esta nueva regla o como podría afectarle a usted o su familia, llamar a nuestro departamento de Servicios Legales al (202)939-7630 o enviar un correo electrónico a contact-legal@whitman-walker.org. Para mas información sobre esta nueva regulación, pinchar aqui: https://www.uscis.gov/es/tarjeta-verde/carga-publica (Español)

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