Judge Blocks Trump’s “Public Charge Rule”
Today, a federal judge in New York blocked a key item from President Trump’s hardline immigration agenda. The “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” is a sweeping regulation that would allow the administration to reject green card or visa applications from low-income immigrants whom the government determines could be a potential burden on U.S. taxpayers. The rule was scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday, October 15th.
Immigration advocacy groups along with the medical community have raised concerns over the intentions of the policy stating that it specifically targets poor immigrants, primarily from Latin America and Africa, many of whom rely on federal assistance programs such as Medicaid, housing assistance or food stamps. It would also discourage them from seeking medical attention out fear of jeopardizing their immigration process.
It is likely the justice department will challenge the ruling. Regarding his decision to issue a nationwide injunction, Judge George B. Daniels wrote, “The balance of equities and the interests of justice favor issuance of a preliminary injunction.”