AAPCHO Applauds Supreme Court Decision to Dismiss Public Charge Litigation: Rule Permanently Blocked Nationwide
March 10, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) today released the following statement on the Biden administration withdrawing the government’s defense of the Trump-era public charge rule, and the U.S. Supreme Court subsequently dismissing the cases before it, leaving intact decisions in the 2nd and 7th Circuit Courts of Appeals and effectively blocking public charge from being enforced nationwide.
Jeffrey B. Caballero, MPH, AAPCHO’s executive director, praised the Biden’s administration’s position and the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the public charge cases, saying:
“President Biden’s administration today again demonstrated its commitment to valuing all families and overturning discriminatory policies. AAPCHO welcomes the government’s decision to stop defending the Trump administration’s public charge rule and the Supreme Court’s dismissal of litigation. Now that public charge is permanently blocked nationwide, we can ensure that immigrant families can receive the quality care they deserve without fear. Public charge has been a key barrier preventing millions of Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrants from seeking the care they need. Blocking the rule is a critical step to ensuring that all are protected against the COVID-19 virus and other barriers to health beyond the pandemic.
“AAPCHO and our member health centers applaud the Biden administration for prioritizing the well-being and health of immigrant communities. However, there is still work ahead to undo the chilling effects of public charge that continues to harm immigrant families. It is imperative that President Biden fully rescind the public charge rule and work with Congress to rebuild an inclusive immigration system that extends help to those who need it.
“We will continue to advocate with our members and partners for fair policies and programs so immigrants can be assured that it is safe to go to their doctor and get help for life’s essentials that they are eligible for without fear of negative consequences.”
AAPCHO is a national association of community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. For more information on AAPCHO, please visit www.aapcho.org.
Kristine Cecile Alarcon, (510) 671-5054, firstname.lastname@example.org