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Proposed Rule Targets Immigrants and Their Families

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Proposed Rule Targets Immigrants and Their Families

September 23, 2018, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has sharply criticized the Trump Administration proposal to penalize documented immigrants and their families for accessing services to which they are legally entitled and pay taxes to fund. NCJW CEO Nancy K. Kaufman released the following statement:

“The new rule proposed by the Trump Administration would redefine the grounds for expelling immigrants and make it much harder for them to obtain green cards. This rule is yet another example of the president’s animus toward individuals seeking legal status in the United States.

“The new standards, the brainchild of anti-immigrant White House advisor, Stephen Miller, would affect immigrant families with children who receive benefits, whether or not those children are themselves, American citizens. All told, estimates are that up to 20 million immigrants would be affected, if they or their family members have used the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Medicaid, or other benefits.

“Rather than facilitate the integration of immigrants into US society, the proposed rule eliminates support services that help those seeking shelter in the US to become productive legal residents and eventually citizens. Since it targets the social services, it would disproportionately affect immigrants of color, low-wage earners, or those with disabilities.

“The National Council of Jewish Women will push back vigorously against this far-reaching and dangerous proposed rule and will mobilize others to do the same.”

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. More information on Facebook and on Twitter at @NCJW.

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