María Ponce,, 202-394-2139

Issued January 27, 2020

SEIU’s Sáenz: SCOTUS public charge rule cruel and inhumane

WASHINGTON—SEIU Executive Vice President and iAmerica president Rocio Sáenz issued the following statement after The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote that the Trump administration can move forward with its discriminatory public charge rule:

 “Today’s decision by The U.S. Supreme Court is cruel and inhumane and could force new American families to forego much-needed healthcare or go hungry in order to secure a future in America for themselves or their families. It punishes working families struggling to make ends meet for using critical services to supplement their low wages.  

“Families deserve dignity and respect and we will continue to fight back against the relentless attacks against working families and continue to use the strength of our union, where new Americans are powerful leaders, to fight for policies that put working people and families first, regardless of where we come from or the color of our skin.”


The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector, and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy.