Utah Representatives Romero, Wheatley, and Kwan Denounce the Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule Change For Its Negative Effect on Immigrants 

Media Statement

For Immediate Release:
October 12, 2018

Contact:         
Nick Frederick, Staff Director
Utah House Democratic Caucus
(801) 326-1503 | nfrederick@le.utah.gov 

Utah Representatives Romero, Wheatley, and Kwan Denounce the Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule Change For Its Negative Effect on Immigrants 

SALT LAKE CITY – Today Representatives Angela Romero (D-District 26), Mark Wheatley (D-District 35), and Karen Kwan (D-34) denounced the new public charge rule change proposed by the Trump Administration on October 10, 2018, which would change criteria for people seeking legal permanent resident (LPR) status in the United States by focusing on factors that affect their likelihood to use public assistance programs.  

“This rule change will have a terrible impact on our immigrant community,” said Rep. Romero.  “It punishes people for matters beyond their control, such as lack of access to a quality education or a preexisting health condition. That is just not right.”

“We should be finding ways to help people who want to be in the United States become the most productive members of our communities as possible,” added Rep. Wheatley. “Not turn them away and dismiss their potential. This rule is a bad move that stinks of anti-immigrant sentiment.”

“Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that 94% of noncitizens without LPR status fall into a category included in this new rule,” said Rep Kwan. “Folks will be disenrolling from programs that they desperately need to give themselves a better chance to stay in this country. That is heartbreaking and unconscionable.” 

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