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Published On: Tue, Sep 25th, 2018

Barbara Lee attacks Trump’s cuts to SNAP, WIC, CHIP for illegals as ‘another blatant attack on poor people’

Congresswoman Lee released the following statement after Trump Administration announcement of proposed changes to the Public Charge rule:

“This proposed rule is yet another blatant attack from the Trump Administration on poor people and communities of color. Health and nutrition programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Women Infants and Children (WIC) program, and the Children’s Insurance Program (CHIP) ensure families have the basics like food and health care. This rule could deny legal immigrants with U.S. citizen children from using these lifesaving programs.

“This cruel policy could force families further into the shadows. No family should ever live in fear that getting assistance to buy groceries or take their child to the doctor could result in their deportation. This is a racist and discriminatory punishment targeting immigrants and their children.”

Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Budget and Appropriations Committees, Vice Chair of the Steering & Policy Committee, Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, former co-chair of the Progressive Caucus, and a Senior Democratic Whip. She also serves as chair of the Democratic Whip Task Force on Poverty.

 

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