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Public Charge Rule

  • 1.  Public Charge Rule

    Posted 13-08-2019 08:17
    Among the factors that can count against a green card applicant under the new rule to take effect in mid-October:  not having the English-language skills "sufficient to enter the job market."  This criterion and the lexical choices made introduce a minefield of interpretation issues, not to speak of the implications of the criterion itself, which smacks of an English-only societal stance.  What are your thoughts on how we can respond, shape, or otherwise act as TESOL professionals?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-administration-aims-to-make-citizenship-more-difficult-for-immigrants-who-rely-on-public-assistance/2019/08/12/fe3f8162-b565-11e9-8949-5f36ff92706e_story.html Note:  see the very last sentence of the article for this information.

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    Helaine Marshall
    Professor of Education and Director, Language Teacher Education Programs
    LIU-Hudson
    USA
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  • 2.  RE: Public Charge Rule

    Posted 13-08-2019 12:06
    Dear Helaine,

    I think this is the last sentence in the last paragraphs to which you refer:

    The Department of Homeland Security said the rule "provides a clear framework" for examining a person's likelihood of becoming a public charge, but it acknowledged that making a final decision will be "complex." 

    "In making this determination, there is no bright-line test that USCIS officers will administer," the rule said, adding that USCIS will evaluate all of the "facts, circumstances, and evidence to determine whether factors in the analysis are positive or negative."

    As advocates for our learners and their families, I think everything we learn year after year at TESOL Advocacy and Policy days is to have your voice heard by your congressmen, both Senators and Representatives.  We need to write, call, send email, and arrange appointments with them in their home offices.  They need to hear from us, those knowledgeable about learning English as a second or additional language as an immigrant while juggling one's life, work, and family.  We need to point to the success stories of immigrants, documented and undocumented, who came here and didn't speak sufficient or any English.  This group should include personal stories of students we have all worked with and saw them succeed, those who have achieved the Seal of Biliteracy, those who are attending institutions of higher education, those who have entered the trades and have started successful careers and businesses.

    I would hope that we could get together in some way to begin a plan to fight this.  Just talking about it won't work.

    Ironically the last sentence you point to shows the simplistic black and white approach to everything by this current administration.  There is no one test that determines proficiency and whether or not an immigrant will benefit our nation.  I truly believe all immigrants enrich our nation and have since the start.  How do we convey this message to the legislators?

    Judy



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    Judith O'Loughlin
    Teacher Education Consultant; WIDA Certified Consultant
    Language Matters Education Consultants, LLC
    United States
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  • 3.  RE: Public Charge Rule

    Posted 15-08-2019 17:23
    Dear Judy and Helaine,

    Thank you so much for your comments!!   I will be writing our 2 FL senators yet more letters about DHS' policy, reminding them of their own immigrant heritage.

    My new class starts on the 26th, and I'm more determined than ever to create a safe, loving and encouraging environment for my students,  What they have to offer our country is immeasurable.

    Best,

    Kathy Francis-Belovary
    ESOL instructor
    Tallahassee Community College

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    Kathy Francis-Belovary
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  • 4.  RE: Public Charge Rule

    Posted 18-08-2019 19:13
    Dear Kathy,

    That's wonderful.  I do hope that others will write to their Congressmen and express their concerns.  If our voices are not heard, then our representatives don't know what we feel and believe.  It's so important to share our knowledge about our students and their struggles and accomplishments.

    We need to point to the success stories of immigrants, documented and undocumented, who came here and didn't speak sufficient or any English.  This group should include personal stories of students we have all worked with and saw them succeed, those who have achieved the Seal of Biliteracy, those who are attending institutions of higher education, those who have entered the trades and have started successful careers and businesses.

    Sincerely,
    Judy

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    Judith O'Loughlin
    Teacher Education Consultant; WIDA Certified Consultant
    Language Matters Education Consultants, LLC
    United States
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  • 5.  RE: Public Charge Rule

    Posted 23-08-2019 13:04

    Does anyone know if federal financial aid will be considered a benefit that might jeopardize a student's ability to move from refugee to permanent resident status or from permanent resident status to citizenship?

    Terry Pruett-Said



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    Theresa Pruett-Said
    Macomb Community College
    [Warren][Michigan]
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