Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Statement on the 2019 Public Charge Rule Ending
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On February 2, 2021, the President issued Executive Order 14,012, directing the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to review the implementation of the public charge ground of inadmissibility. As part of its review, DHS determined that continuing to defend the Trump’s public charge rule was neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources. Therefore, yesterday, the Biden Administration dropped its litigation defense of the Trump Administration’s public charge regulations. As a result, federal courts dismissed the appeals, ending the 2019 policy. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Raul Ruiz, M.D. (CA-36) issued the following statement after the announcement:
“The public charge rule was cruel and dangerous to the health and well-being of our nation,” said Chairman Dr. Raul Ruiz. “The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) applauds the Biden Administration’s swift action and all the attorneys and advocates who have worked with CHC Members to end it. Since the inception of the rule, CHC Members have sounded the alarm that it threatened the health, nutrition, and housing of millions of families therefore, undermining public health and hurting American communities. It did so by creating barriers for immigrants in accessing needed services and resources to keep themselves and their neighbors healthy during the pandemic. Trump’s public charge rule has been especially detrimental in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic since it has weakened our nation’s pandemic response and COVID-19 vaccination efforts. As Congress works to combat and end the COVID-19 pandemic, the CHC will work to ensure everyone, including immigrants can successfully access, without fear, the COVID care and aid they need to save lives, help people prevent and combat COVID-19 illness and end the pandemic for everyone.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.