Asw. Solages Issues Statement on Federal Public Charge Rule Taking Effect

Elmont, NY Today, Assemblymember Michaelle C. Solages issued the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security’s public charge rule that goes into effect as of February 24, 2020:

“The federal administration continues to shove their agenda of family separation through the courts. Forcing people to choose between medical care or potential deportation is callous and incredibly short-sighted. Communities begin to fail when people fear accessing the services that tend to their basic healthcare needs. It is apparent that this is part of a continued effort by one party to disincentivize the use of public programs by any means necessary.

Unlike the current administration, New York is a proponent of creating opportunities and equitable starts for all who may seek them. A vital part of that process is ensuring access to affordable and high-quality healthcare. We understand that a strong healthcare system will encourage all individuals to stay healthy and help mitigate chronic diseases and illnesses throughout our communities.

Now more than ever, we need a Congress that is willing to address the complex issues of our broken immigration system head-on. I will continue to support my fellow New Yorkers as they face unprecedented attacks from the current administration.”