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Join the BBA in Opposing Proposed Public Charge Rule
 

The BBA has joined the tens of thousands of local and national entities and individuals submitting comments in strong opposition to the proposed rule related to inadmissibility on public charge grounds. The proposal would dramatically change the way in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) determines whether an immigrant is likely to become a "public charge," which can act as a bar to legal permanent resident (green card) status, and if adopted,  to certain non-immigrant employment and student statuses.


As we outline in our comments, the rule would have serious consequences for the health and well-being of immigrants and their families as well as our communities and economies. As attorneys, we are especially troubled by the ways the proposed rule would encourage unequal treatment and create barriers to access to justice.


Read our statement on the rule here and our full comments here.


We are also proud to report that a number of BBA Sections have joined us in this effort and are submitting their own comments. A big thanks goes out to the volunteers and leaders who made this happen!


Read the comments submitted by the Health Law Section, Real Estate Section, Delivery of Legal Services Section, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Section, Immigration Law Section, and Family Law Section.


We hope you'll join us by submitting your own comments.


Use one of the many examples of comments provided by our sections, or the resources produced by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) and the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign (PIF). Comments that share most of the same content may be counted as a single comment, so be sure to make them your own!


The deadline to comment is Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11:59pm. Submit your comments in the box provided, or if more than 5,000 characters by uploading a pdf, here. You can also submit comments through the MIRA and PIF websites.


If you have any questions or concerns, contact BBA Legislative and Public Policy Manager, Alexa Daniel at adaniel@bostonbar.org.


 
 
 
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