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December 1, 2018
Sent via Electronic Submission at https://www.regulations.gov
Samantha Deshommes, Chief
Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Department of Homeland Security
20 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20529-2140
Re: DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012, RIN 1615-AA22, Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds
Dear Ms. Deshommes:
We are writing on behalf of Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York, Inc. (CCC), in response to the Department of Homeland Security’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, to express CCC’s strong opposition to proposed changes to the “public charge” rule, as published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018. The proposed rule creates barriers to legal immigration, using threats to immigration status to deter immigrants from seeking life-saving health, nutrition, and social supports they and their families are eligible for. The long-term impact on the health and wellbeing of children, as well as the economic wellbeing of families and communities, will be devastating. We urge the Department to withdraw the rule in its entirety, and that long standing principles clarified in the 1999 field guidance remain in effect.