The federal government is making fundamental changes to our legal immigration system, putting thousands of Oklahomans at risk – including up to 123,000 children. On October 10th, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a change to the rules that we use to determine whether legal immigrants can apply for legal permanent residency. Under current rules, if legal immigrants have participated in a very narrow range of programs (like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) it will count against them when they apply for a Green Card to live here permanently.
Under the proposed change, participation in a much larger range of programs (including SNAP, Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and housing assistance) will negatively affect the ability of legal immigrants to stay in the country. This rule change would make it harder for families to put food on the table, get medical care when they need it, pay for prescription drugs, and find a safe place to live.
The proposed rule change will be available for public comment until December 10. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard and share how this change could impact struggling Oklahoma families. Oklahoma families are counting on us. Please join us in standing with them. (more…)