Monday, August 19 - Protect Immigrants’ Rights to Access Healthcare and Benefits / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Protect Immigrants’ Rights to Access Healthcare and Benefits

The Trump administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is implementing a new rule that takes effect on October 15 to punish immigrants and their US-citizen children for accessing a wide range of public benefits, including common tax deductions. When considering whether to provide applicants with immigration visas or legal permanent residency, DHS already penalizes immigrants who receive cash welfare payments. However, DHS is expanding this rule to penalize immigrants who use any form of public benefit, from health insurance subsidies to the earned income tax credit used by about one-fifth of taxpayers. The rule, which was crafted by the notoriously xenophobic Stephen Miller, also punishes immigrants whose US-citizen spouses or children use a public benefit. Under this new rule, immigrants will be disqualified from receiving a green card if they claim nearly any benefits or if DHS deems them likely to receive benefits in the future.

As is typical with the Trump administration, the reasoning for this rule is divorced from the facts. Rather than being a burden on the economy, immigrants pay billions in taxes, create new jobs and businesses, and use public benefits at the same rate as US-born people. Punishing immigrants for accessing basic government services will harm our communities and the economy and must not be tolerated.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling to urge [NAME] to speak out against the administration's plan to penalize legal immigrants for accessing non-cash public benefits. Legal immigrants pay billions in taxes, stimulate the economy, and deserve the right to access basic benefits like the earned income tax credit. I am counting on [NAME] to speak out against this and work to protect immigrants’ rights.

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Action 2: Indivisible Chicago Podcast with the Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Opening: When it comes to social mobility, a lot depends on where you were born. A recent study looks at where children grow up and their likelihood to change their economic status. 

Interview: This week, Jeremy Rosen, director of economic justice for the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, joins the podcast to talk about the ongoing war on poverty in the face of the current administration’s war on the poor.

Daily Actions Editor