Action Alert: Proposed Federal Rule Would Make It Harder for New Americans to Thrive

A proposed federal rule would make it harder for New Americans to thrive and to fully contribute to our communities and our economy. The proposed "public charge" rule would put up new roadblocks for New Americans on their path to citizenship and folks moving to the country, and would create hardship for their families.

This proposal is doesn't match our Minnesota values, and it is important that you make your voice heard by participating in the public comment process on these rule changes.

Here are potential points to include in your comment:

This rule goes against our country’s basic values that all of us should be able to see a doctor when we need to, or put food on our family’s table. Our government has long held that certain supports, such as those that improve health, should be available to everyone who needs them. 

  • Investing in nutrition, health care, and other essential needs keeps children learning, parents working, and families strong, and allows all of us to contribute fully to our communities. 
  • Ensuring all families have basic access to good food, regular health care and other essential services strengthens families and our communities, helps children be successful in school, and keeps parents working.
  • This rule is intended to discourage hardworking people from immigrating; it will also deter immigrant families, most of which include U.S. citizen children, from seeking help when they need it.

This federal rule ignores how New Americans are contributing to our communities, and would make it harder for New Americans to thrive and fully contribute to our Minnesota communities and our economy.

  • This new proposal would discourage people from immigrating to Minnesota, which threatens our state’s economy, now and in the future.
  • New Americans are our neighbors who study with us at school, work alongside us in our jobs, and pay millions of dollars in taxes that support the public investments we value.
  • New Americans should be valued by how they live their lives and contribute to their communities, not how much money they have. 

Here are two ways you can submit a comment. 

By Web:  Federal e-Rulemaking Portal

By Mail: Samantha Deshommes, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529-2140. Refer to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012.

You have until December 10 to submit a comment. Your statements will not be confidential. All comments are part of the public record and will be published after the public comment period closes. You can submit anonymously, but only by mail and without including your contact or return information.

For more information on what this proposed rule would do, check out our blog. If you have questions about the commenting process or content, email Clark Goldenrod at


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