Sister Simone Campbell Responds to Cruel and Immoral Proposed Public Charge Rule
Sister Simone: “If this proposed rule becomes the law of the land, our nation’s children lose and we will become a poorer, sicker, hungrier, weaker nation.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the release of the proposed public charge rule by the Trump administration, Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice issued the following statement:
“Once again, the Trump administration is trying to penalize immigrant families. This time, they are targeting documented immigrants as well. This proposed public charge rule will alter our already-broken immigration system to put money above families. This is cruel and immoral.
“I am outraged that this proposed rule effectively imposes a wealth test for all legal immigrants. In Trump’s America, if you aren’t rich, you don’t count. This proposed rule seriously penalizes families who have paid taxes in the United States and participated fully in our society. If this proposed rule becomes the law of the land, our nation’s children lose and we will become a poorer, sicker, hungrier, weaker nation.
“We are called to love our neighbor. Intentionally targeting immigrant and mixed-status families and driving up poverty among families with young children violates our sacred duty to defend the vulnerable and protect life. This proposed rule is wrong and must be stopped.”
NETWORK Lobby – advocates for justice inspired by Catholic Sisters – educates, organizes, and lobbies for economic and social transformation. They have a 46-year track record of lobbying for critical federal programs that support those at the margins and prioritize the common good. www.networklobby.org