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Responding to Proposed Policy Changes on the Inadmissibility of Immigrants on “Public Charge” Grounds

On December 7, ASPPH submitted formal comments strongly opposing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed rule on the inadmissibility of immigrants on “public charge” grounds.  The letter, signed by ASPPH Board Chair Dr. Donna Petersen and Chair-Elect Dr. Sandro Galea, said, “ASPPH opposes the proposed rule as it would have profound and negative consequences on the health of the many immigrant families that would be affected by limiting their access to critical and life-saving health and wellness services. As such, this proposal also will negatively affect the health and wellness of entire communities. We urge you to withdraw the rule in its entirety and that long-standing immigration policies remain in effect.” The letter also highlighted the potential impact on foreign students.