Proposed Immigration Rule is Massive Backdoor Change Favoring the Well-Off

September 22, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In its latest attack on immigrants, the Trump Administration today announced a long-rumored proposal to change a 100+-year-old immigration rule that would be disastrous for immigrants and their families, particularly children—and to cities, states, and our nation’s future.

Research confirms that children do best when their parents are healthy, when families have enough to eat, and when family income is stable. Trump’s proposed rule could put this at great risk for immigrant families who may be forced to choose between the things they need—like health care, housing, and food—and the people they love.

“The proposal is reckless, deeply unfair, and inconsistent with core American values. It is a massive backdoor change to decades of immigration law. It places wealth over family, denying ordinary working families a place in America. And it explicitly places a priority on well-off families and ignores families who have waited years to be reunited” said Olivia Golden, executive director of the Center for Law and Social Policy.

“Time and again, the Trump Administration has attacked both immigrants and working families. Like the administration’s efforts to strip away affordable health care this proposal takes aim at working people and their children. And as in the cruel policy of separating children from their families at the border,” said Golden. “The good news is that by rising up together and fighting back—as we have done against other attacks—we can speak up for immigrant families.”

It is important to know that these changes cannot take effect until the Administration reviews and responds to public comment. During the upcoming 60-day comment period, organizations and individuals may submit their questions and comments about the proposed rule to the Department of Homeland Security. To learn more about the proposed rule, visit