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
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?