Harlem Representative Adriano Espaillat Hails Dismissal Of Trump-Era Public Charge Rule

March 11, 2021

Today, Representative Adriano Espaillat released the following statement regarding the Biden Administration’s decision to end Trump’s public charge regulation:

“As one of the leaders in Congress’s effort to oppose the public charge rule, I commend the Biden Administration for dropping legal appeals and allowing the rule to be invalidated,” said Rep. Espaillat. “All immigrants and their families should know that they can safely access health, nutrition, and housing programs for which they are eligible.

“From the beginning of the Trump Administration, we witnessed a series of attacks targeting immigrant communities around our nation. The public charge rule was a back-door attempt to leverage public health and other safety net efforts to deny legal immigration benefits and circumvent laws made by Congress in order to restrict family reunification. The rule was particularly harmful in using public resources to combat the pandemic, as its chilling effect often prevented immigrants from seeking the care they needed. The Biden Administration’s reversal restores the values of our nation and unravels a key component of the previous president’s anti-immigrant agenda.

“We must now make sure through legislation that a future president can never try to implement such a policy again. I look forward to working with my colleagues across the Tri-Caucus to pass the US Citizenship Act, which would fundamentally reform our immigration system and prohibit future attacks on immigrant communities.”

First elected to Congress in 2016, Rep. Adriano Espaillat is serving his second term in Congress where he serves as a member of the influential U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the House Small Business Committee.

He serves as a Senior Whip of the House Democratic Caucus and is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) where he also serves in a leadership role as CHC Whip.

He is also chairman of the CHC Task Force for Transportation, Infrastructure, and Housing.

Rep. Espaillat’s Congressional District includes Harlem, East Harlem, northern Manhattan, and the north-west Bronx. To find out more about Rep. Espaillat, visit online at https://espaillat.house.gov/.

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