Posted on September 26, 2018
14 Arrested At LES Protest Against Trump Immigration Policy
Dozens rallied against a regulation that aims to deny green cards to legal immigrants if they have received government assistance. https://t.co/T2NfAeoPht
— LES-Chinatown Patch (@LES_Patch) September 25, 2018
Organizers with the New York Immigration Coalition rallied dozens outside of the Tenement Museum, which tells the stories of immigrants who settled in the Lower East Side, to decry the proposed changes. The regulation would embolden the government to deny visas or residency to immigrants if they or a member of their household benefit from subsidies such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Section 8 housing vouchers.
“The depth and breath of this rule and the damage that it would do to immigrant families in New York and across the country is something we really need to shed light on,” said Max Hadler, the senior manager of health policy with the New York Immigrant Coalition.
“It’s a public health issue, it’s a human rights issue and it’s so wide spread in its inclusion of Medicaid, SNAP benefits, housing vouchers.”
“People are already preemptively disenrolling in benefits,” said Hadler. “We need to be as clear as possible about who this does and doesn’t impact because the fear is already making an impact.”