GPAMA is a local of Green Party of New Mexico (GPNM). GPNM submitted the following public comment on the proposed Public Charge Rule concerning admissibility for immigrants.
The Green Party of New Mexico (GPNM) opposes the proposed expansion of the assistance benefits under consideration by the Department of Homeland Security and the proposed consideration of any past use of public benefits under the public charge rule. GPNM strongly opposes the inclusion of state and local assistance programs in the admissibility assessment.
The expansive list of negative factors–including inherently subjective ones–that could be applied under the proposed changes potentially describes every native-born U. S. citizen in some way. The income threshold that would be established as an overriding positive factor, 250% of the federal poverty guidelines, when considered for a three-person household, is greater than the median household income in New Mexico.
In addition to the detrimental effects on families and public health the proposed rule changes likely would have, they would also make it harder for employers to keep skilled workers on H-1B visas. The proposed changes would be harmful to immigrants who arrived the United States legally and are working in the U. S. economy.