Stephen Pitti, Yale University
Elliott Young, Lewis and Clark College
Hidetaka Hirota, Sophia University
The members of this roundtable will comment on the history of the public charge rule and the eight legal challenges making their way through the lower courts.It will also explore the impact of the rule change—which is projected to affect tens of millions of immigrants and U.S. citizens—as well as the administration’s racist motivations for introducing such a dramatic change to immigration policy.
This roundtable discussion will bring together experts in U.S. immigration history, all of whom have over the past year contributed to the public discussion of the rule change, the legal process behind the policy, and the legal challenges that as of Oct. 2019, led to injunctions restricting implementation of DHS’s revised public charge rule. Participants on this late-breaking session proposal have published op-eds about the Trump administration’s rule change. Mae Ngai, Elliott Young, Hidetaka Hirota, Torrie Hester (along with Lucy Salyer, Mary Mendoza, and Deirdre Moloney) commented in the Federal Register on the proposed rule change, and are working on an amicus brief for the next round of legal challenges. Stephen Pitti has written an expert declaration for one of the federal lawsuits attempting to stop its implementation, arguing that racial animus drives the change.