California, this is not who we are.

This week, new rules expanded "public charge" making it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they use, or are deemed likely to use Medicaid, food stamps and other social safety net programs for more than a year. 

The new rule would also discourage immigration officers from granting visas to those making less than 250% of the federal poverty line, those receiving healthcare subsidies through the Affordable Care Act and any applicant “likely to require extensive medical treatment or institutionalization.”

California, this is not who we are.

How can we earnestly pursue becoming President Reagan's "shining city on a hill" while making it more difficult for the more than 382,000 people applying for green cards to have a chance at the American Dream?

At the 2018 New Way California Summit, Assemblyman Chad Mayes shared, "The old way says pull yourself up by your boot straps. The New Way says, if you don’t have boots we’ll lend you a pair.” 

We are a nation founded by immigrants and divisive rules like these only foster the "us vs. them" mentality that harms civil discourse and distracts us from important issues we must focus on.

Please join us in raising your voice against the public charge rule! It is critical that we spread the word. Consider sharing this important message with your family and friends.

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