Supreme Court Ruling Will Cause Many Immigrant Families to Forgo Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 27, 2020

CONTACT: Kathy Melley, 617-791-0708

BOSTON, MA – Statement of Community Catalyst Executive Director Emily Stewart in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s lifting of an injunction on the Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ regulation, which makes harmful changes to how the government determines which immigrant families can remain in the country.

“We are deeply disappointed in today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows the Trump administration’s proposed change to the existing ‘public charge’ rule to go into effect, a move that will force many immigrants to make an intolerable choice between ensuring health care, food and housing for their family, or keeping them together in this country. This change will exacerbate sickness, poverty and hunger, widen health, racial and economic disparities, and divide families and communities.

“The Trump public charge rule is a yet another direct attack on the health and well-being of immigrant communities, and we are troubled that the majority of the court has sided with the administration’s inhumane anti-immigrant agenda. We remain hopeful that the rule will be struck down.”

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About Community Catalyst
Community Catalyst is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1998 with the belief that affordable quality health care should be accessible to everyone. We work in partnership with national, state and local organizations, policymakers and philanthropic foundations to ensure consumer interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and the health system are made: in communities, statehouses and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.communitycatalyst.org. Follow us on Twitter @HealthPolicyHub.

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