Use the Congressional Review Act to block new Public Charge rule


Senator Dianne Feinstein

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Senator Kamala Harris

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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Rep. Jackie Speier

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Call Script

My name is __________. I am a constituent, and my zip code is _______. I am a member of Indivisible SF.

I strongly urge you to immediately invoke the Congressional Review Act to block implementation of the new DHS “Public Charge” immigration rule.


There are two clear purposes for “public charge” rule change. The first is to continue generating fear, cruelty, and chaos, among, towards, and for, immigrants and potential immigrants, particularly nonwhites. The second is to fundamentally shift American immigration policy from “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” to one that welcomes only the white, the wealthy, and those expected to become reliable Republicans voters.

Now that this rule been promulgated (over overwhelming public comment opposing the change), under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) the House and the Senate have 60 days to block them. If both chambers pass a CRA resolution (and it's not vetoed) the rule cannot go into effect. Immediately after the 2016 election, for example, the Republican-controlled Congress used the CRA to overturn a number of Obama-era regulations. While it is unlikely that the Republican-controlled Senate will pass CRA resolutions blocking the new rule, it is politically important to put our MoC on the record by forcing them to vote on this issue. And if the House passes CRA resolutions that will materially aid the inevitable court challenges to this rule.

Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, new DHS rule, Federal Register, 8/14/19

Statement of APA CEO on Administration Decision to Penalize Immigrants Who Rely on Public Programs, American Psychological Association 8/12/19

Why the Trump administration is going after low-income immigrants, explained by an expert, Vox, 8/12/19

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS, Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule, National Immigration Law Center, 11/18

Congressional Review Act, Ballotpedia


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