The Biden administration announced a new “public charge” regulation that includes critical protections to secure immigrant families’ access to health care and social services. What are those protections? An immigrant advocate from Denver explains the new federal rule and dispels the fears. She also comments on the recent plan in Colorado to open access to healthcare for some undocumented, including expanding Medicaid to include undocumented pregnant women and their children. In other news, Democrats in the House introduced a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for residency after seven years in the country by updating a line in the program known as “Registry.” An immigrant activist from Colorado talks about these news. She also warns that while the state of Colorado is moving towards sanctuary-type protections for immigrants, some local governments continue their policies of cooperation with ICE and calls on congressional candidates to make good on their promises for support of immigration reform.
Guests: Raquel Lane-Arellano, Policy Manager, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Denver, CO; Jeanette Vizguerra, Organizer of Sanctuary Coalition, Denver, CO
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