(New York, NY) — Today, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in response to the Trump administration’s public charge proposal that would make it harder for immigrants to obtain a green card or visa if they have used public benefits, including SNAP, public housing, and Medicaid.

“Altogether, it is clear the proposed rule is simply the administration’s latest attempt to scapegoat immigrants to line other people’s pockets, and is unmistakably consistent with the xenophobia, racism, and white supremacy that have characterized this administration,” said Comptroller Stringer in the letter. “The proposed rule and its sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policy would have an outsized impact in New York City, which more than 3 million immigrants from over 150 countries call home.”

Read the full letter here.