Dr. Richard Pan Voices Opposition to Trump Administration Proposal that will Harm Immigrant Families

December 7, 2018

Sacramento, CA –Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the administration to abandon a proposal announced in the fall that would hurt children and families and have a chilling effect on our family-based immigration system.

The proposed regulations would allow the federal government to take into account use of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 housing vouchers, and other non-cash programs when considering issuing green cards that allow immigrants to live and work in the U.S.

The full text of the 447-page proposal, which is titled "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds," is published on the Department of Homeland Security's website and can be found here.

On October 10, the Department of Homeland Security opened a 60-day period to collect public comment on the proposed change. 

In the letter, Dr. Pan wrote: “As a pediatrician, I am particularly concerned about the impact to children’s health given that half of all California children have at least one immigrant parent.  Children in immigrant families are more likely to face certain hardships and are already less likely to secure help due in part to flawed eligibility rules that create barriers for immigrant families.”

The full letter can be found here.