UPDATED 2:30 PM PST – Friday, October 11, 2019
A federal judge is blocking the Trump administration’s new public charge rule from taking effect next week. In the Friday ruling, New York Judge George Daniels accused the White House of not “adequately explaining” why the new policy is necessary.
“It is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity, success through hard work and upward mobility,” said the judge. “Immigrants have always come to this country seeking a better life for themselves and their posterity — with or without help, most succeed.”
The rule change would expand the list of benefits for which an immigrant can be denied a green card. This includes reliance on certain programs like Medicaid, food stamps and public housing.
The administration first announced the rule this summer, saying it was needed to make immigrants more “self-reliant”. It has been opposed by a handful of state attorneys and several immigrants’ rights groups. They claim that the rule discriminates against immigrants based on income and race, imposing harsher standards on those wishing to make a permanent stay in the U.S.
The final rule was supposed to take effect on Tuesday, October 15th.