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Dems Seek to Stop Trump Administration ‘Attack’ on Immigrants

September 17, 2019, 3:07 PM HST
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US Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and 26 other Senate Democrats introduced new legislation today to “protect” immigrant families. 

The bill, named the Protect American Values Act, aims to prevent the Trump Administration from implementing the “public charge” rule. 

According to a press release from Hirono’s office, the “public charge” rule would restrict immigrants from arriving or moving to the United States based on specific characteristics, such as wealth, level of education, and the ability to speak English.  

“The true effect, and therefore, the true intent behind the administration’s public charge rule is to create a climate of fear among immigrant families, and it’s working. I’ve heard from a number of hardworking, tax-paying immigrants in Hawai’i, many not even subject to the rule, who are afraid to see their doctor or access essential services,” Hirono said in the release. 

“Instead of harming immigrant families seeking a better life, our bill protects them. Our bill keeps families together. 

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In the release, Hirono states that the new bill “supports the rich diversity that has enabled our country to thrive and excel throughout its history.” 

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The “public charge” rule is scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15.

Click here to watch the full press conference announcing the Protect American Values Act.

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