Senator Mitchell Statement On New Federal Public Charge Rule Announced Today

August 12, 2019

Senator Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement after Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced at a press conference that the rule would go into effect in 60 days:


“Today, the Trump Administration released information about their new public charge rule spearheaded by white supremacist Stephen Miller.  The official rule will be released on Wednesday, so there will be more information to come.  While the majority of Americans and organizations that commented about the rule opposed it, the Administration moved forward to expand the definition of public charge to include public benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and housing subsidies.  The rule is mean-spirited on so many levels.  Making it harder for someone to get a green card means that s/he will not become a citizen, and will not have the right to vote. 


Hate holds little logic: while Trump refuses to release his tax returns to the American people in his role as President, those who apply for green cards will have to release tax returns for the three years prior to the green card application.” 



Sen. Mitchell is chair of the Senate Budget Committee. She represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 30, which includes Culver City and much of Los Angeles. More information about Sen. Mitchell can be found at