Individuals can comment through the following link:  https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=USCIS-2010-0012-0001

 

The following can be used as a template for your response:

 

As a psychotherapist and an American citizen, I want to add my voice to the many professional health organizations who are gravely concerned about and object to the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) public charge amendments rule.

If the public charge proposal proceeds, the United States would abdicate it’s leadership role in international human rights by discriminating against immigrants with disabilities, impeding their efforts to live permanently in the United States.  Immigrants with disabilities undertaking a lawful process to gain permanent residence would be effectively placing their applications at risk by accessing the supportive public services they need to survive and thrive.  This harms not only the individual and their families, but the communities that benefit from their contributions.

I urge DHS to cease in its support of the public charge regulation, and to work with leading professional health associations to embrace the diversity of our great nation and to provide immigrants with access to high quality health care and public services.    

Should you want to learn more, the Center for Public Representation produced a useful fact sheet about how the charge rule will hurt people with disabilities and chronic health conditions:  https://medicaid.publicrep.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/CPR-ASAN-The-Arc-Public-Charge-Info-Sheet.pdf

 Additionally, the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), a leading disability rights organization, also wrote a helpful piece on this:  https://dredf.org/2018/10/10/trumps-public-charge-poor-disabled-immigrants-need-not-apply/

 

Thank you for taking the time to make your voice heard on this important issue!!

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