Letter: Support for the Protect American Values Act
First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) to express support for the Protect American Values Act (S. 2482), which she introduced.
Excerpt from the letter: The Trump Administration’s new public charge rule, finalized on August 12th, 2019 despite historic public opposition, imposes sweeping changes to long-standing, bipartisan immigration policy that jeopardizes America’s future and intensifies the challenges faced by immigrant families and children.
Children of immigrants are the fastest-growing group of children in the country, and approximately one in four (8 million) children live in a family with at least one immigrant parent. Therefore, the administration’s rule to expand who may be deemed a public charge (i.e., burden on the public coffers) in the consideration of an application for lawful permanent resident status or lawful admission would jeopardize our country’s economic future by targeting access to health care, nutrition assistance, and housing support for this fast-growing population....We applaud your leadership...and look forward to working with you to help advance this important legislation.