Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Val Demings (10th District of Florida)
September 24, 2018
ORLANDO, FL – Today, Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) commented on the new Trump Administration rule that would deny permanent residency to immigrants who participate in nutrition, health, or housing programs, including Medicaid, the Medicare prescription drug program for older adults, nutrition assistance for children, and more. Programs including the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are under consideration for inclusion. It would also condemn families based on number of children, English ability, and education level.
Said Rep. Demings, “America is supposed to be a land of opportunity, a place where you can pursue your dreams and make them come true. The American Dream is under attack by this administration’s vicious campaign to split America in two, with one set of rules for the rich and connected and different rules for the rest of us.
“The richest Americans got $33,000 from the Trump tax break, but most Americans are struggling. For almost every American, the purchasing power of their wages is either stagnant or declining. The choices forced on legal American residents by this new policy are sadistic. Food for your children would mean deportation. Affordable healthcare would mean deportation.
“President Trump’s private club at Mar-a-Lago may cost $200,000 to get in, but you shouldn’t need to be wealthy to survive in America. Whether your ancestors came here on cruise ships or slave ships, you deserve the chance to work hard and thrive. These un-American rules will hurt children, single parents, low-income families, and anyone seeking their American dream, and should be dropped immediately.”