Addressing the ‘Public Charge’ Proposal in Queens

City Council members Daniel Dromm, in foreground, and Carlos Menchaca discuss the Trump administration’s proposed change to the definition of “public charge.” (Photo by Michael Rock via Queens County Politics)

On Nov. 20, City Council members Daniel Dromm of Queens and Carlos Menchaca of Brooklyn organized a forum at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights to address the Trump administration’s plan to expand the definition of “public charge,” reports Michael Rock for Queens County Politics. The move could prevent immigrants who use public benefits from receiving a green card.

The rule change was published in the Federal Register in October, kicking off a 60-day public comment period.

Dromm opened the meeting, where he described the rule change as a “threat to our immigrant communities.” “If the Trump Administration implements this, it will be detrimental to our immigrant community, and our city will lose money if this policy goes through as proposed,” he said.

Menchaca noted that the change could impact 475,000 New Yorkers but “he offered attendees reason to hope” and explained how voters could try to stop the proposal. Read his remarks at Queens County Politics, as well as those of Assemblymember-elect Catalina Cruz, herself a former undocumented immigrant, and Council member Donovan Richards.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat and other community leaders also spoke about the proposed public charge changes. The Bronx Free Press covered the Nov. 21 event.

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