Congressional Black Caucus condemns Trump’s latest attack on Caribbean immigrants

Rep Cedric Richmond

WASHINGTON, CMC – The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has renewed its criticism of the Trump administration following its latest attack on low-income immigrants of color, including Caribbean immigrants.

Letter sent to ICE

In a letter to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the CBC wrote that a proposal to restrict green cards for immigrants who are likely to use public assistance programs, such as Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicare Part D, is “racially discriminatory and a reverse of what Congress intended.”

The CBC said that the justification for the proposal is “inaccurate and incomplete.”

The December 10 letter was signed by CBC chairman Cedric L. Richmond, Democrat of Louisiana, and Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, Democrat of New York, who also serves as the CBC Immigration Task Force Chair. Clarke, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants.

The CBC’s letter is a follow-up to one dispatched to US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in September.

“We are writing as members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to express our strong opposition to your agency’s proposed rule concerning public charge determinations. The proposed rule would cause major harm to immigrants, their families, state and local governments, health care providers and numerous other parties throughout the nation.

“Black immigrants, who comprise only 8.7 per cent of all non-citizens, but are more likely to be impacted by the proposed rule, would be disproportionately injured. We, therefore, urge you to immediately withdraw this proposed rule in its entirety,” the letter noted.

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