November 30, 2018
Tell DHS: No Public Charge Expansion
Dear friends,

From now through Dec. 10, the Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comment on its proposed sweeping changes to the definition of “public charge,” making otherwise eligible lower income immigrants ineligible for a green card for using anti-poverty programs like food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid. (Learn more about this issue by downloading  " Know the Facts About Public Charge .)
 
With just under two weeks remaining for public comment, we hope you will join us in amplifying the voices of Oregonians to oppose DHS’s proposed changes to public charge policy. 

We have two asks for you today:
 
1) Submit your comment   by December 10
A flood of thoughtful comments is our most powerful tool we have to protect immigrant families today. Start your comment by reviewing the toolkit . View sample comments .
 
2) Maximize your impact 
Spread the word to help us meet the goal of 1,000+ comments in opposition from Oregon individuals and organizations by taking one or more of these steps:
  • Host a comment party or brown bag lunch. Spend an hour writing comments alongside your colleagues, volunteers, and/or members.
  • Ask your email lists and online supporters to comment. Protecting Immigrant Families has shared a Digital Toolkit to make social media and email promotion easy. 
  • Solicit written comments in your lobby and at events. Download a printable mailer to collect & submit comments (English) (Spanish)

Thank you for your advocacy!

Sincerely,
Britton Conroy
EMO Director of Public Policy Advocacy and Oregon Interfaith Power & Light
Read more about public charge: 

Download fact sheet: " Know the Facts About Public Charge ." Also available in languages other than English at oregonimmigrationresource.org .

Find more Oregon public charge resources  here .   

Click  here   to join the national PIF listserv for the latest updates.

Find quick analysis of the proposal  here .

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon
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