For Immediate Release
September 24, 2018
ASIA, INC. ISSUES STATEMENT OPPOSING PROPOSED PUBLIC CHARGE REGULATION
Akron, OH – Asian Services In Action, Inc. (ASIA, Inc.) opposes the Trump administration’s proposed regulation that expands the definition of “public charge” and scares immigrant families and their children from accessing services including health care, nutrition programs, public housing, and other basic needs.
By expanding the definition of “public charge”, the regulation will have a devastating impact on immigrant communities, especially hard-working, low-to-moderate income families in the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It is a clear message from the Administration that America only welcomes wealthy immigrants, and discriminates against hard-working, tax-paying immigrants based on their use of public benefits.
“No family should have to choose between being with their loved ones or meeting their basic needs,” said ASIA, Inc. CEO Michael Byun. “Public charge rules have been part of U.S. immigration law for more than 100 years and use of these programs has never resulted in the denial of permanent resident status. This is the opposite of American values of freedom and opportunity for all.”
Members of the community are encouraged to schedule an appointment with ASIA, Inc.’s Immigration Legal Services team of lawyers by calling 216-881-0330.
Once the proposed regulation is posted on the Federal Register, a 60-day public comment period will open before the final rule can take effect. ASIA, Inc. urges every individual, organization, leaders, and the AAPI community to submit public comments to save the American values of freedom and opportunity for all. To submit comments once the proposed rule is published, visit www.asiaohio.org/publiccharge.
Media is asked to contact Vince Vong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216-881-0330 Ext. 8825.
Founded in 1995, ASIA, Inc. is the leading organization in Ohio in providing culturally and linguistically relevant health and human services to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs), and others who face cultural barriers. Its mission is to provide AAPIs and others access to quality, culturally, and linguistically appropriate information and services. For more information about ASIA, Inc. visit www.asiaohio.org, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn by searching @asiaohio. Pledge your support today.