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Tucson community groups speak out against immigration 'public charge' rule

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 19:16:07-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Community groups gathered in Tucson Tuesday morning to speak out against an immigration rule they think is unfair.

The "public charge" rule allows immigration officers to determine whether migrants can become permanent residents based on their potential future use of government benefits like Meidcaid, food stamps or public housing.

A federal judge blocked the rule this week.

Community groups like Living United For Change Arizona (LUCHA), the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank and Mi Familia Vota gathered at a Tucson church Tuesday morning to raise awareness of the issue.

"The folks that are working in this country that are undocumented are putting in incredibly long hours, often in very tedious jobs, and they are supporting this economy and they get no credit for it," Director Steve Keplinger of Grace St. Paul's Church said at the event.

The public charge rule was first implemented in 1996. The federal judge's ruling was on a recent update to the rule by the Trump Administration.