Judge blocks public charge policy that would restrict green cards for immigrants using federally-funded programs

MANHATTAN, NY —  The Trump administration and its effort to overhaul the country’s immigration system suffered another legal defeat.

Last Friday, judges in New York and Washington state both issued nationwide injunctions blocking the administration’s public charge policy. A third judge in Oakland, California, prohibited the policy from being implemented in four states and the District of Columbia.

The public charge rule that would have targeted lower-income immigrants was announced in August and was set to go into effect this October 15th.

“Itong public charge na injunction ruling is very very significant kasi setback ito against president trump’s restrictive and reshaping of us immigration policies. Kasi itong nangyaring injunction na to which tried to stop the redefinition of what public charge is all about considering in-expand nila yung definition nang public charge,” said Atty. Arnedo Valera, exec. director of the Migrant Heritage Commission.

Under the public-charge rule, immigrants who are in the United States legally and use public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance could be considered public charges — which then could make them ineligible to get green cards.

U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said the Trump administration failed to explain why it was changing the definition of a public charge or why the change was needed now… and it likely exceeded its authority when it expanded the guidelines for determining who should be labeled a public charge.

Daniels called the rule repugnant to the American dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility.

On the same day as the public charge rulings were handed down, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the Trump administration violated the law when he declared a national emergency in order to redirect military funds to pay for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.”

Two weeks ago, court rulings on other Trump immigration policies were blocked — including blocking the administration’s plan to dismantle protections for immigrant youth and indefinitely holding families with children in detention.

In a statement, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli said that public charge rule merely enforces long-standing immigration law.

But despite these recent legal setbacks, the Trump administration has been able to roll out certain immigration policies including restricting asylum, tightening requirements for skilled-work visas and cutting the number of refugees being allowed to come into the country.


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  • Mario
    17 October 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Corrections; if you use the word IMMIGRANT you are GREEN CARD holder, Immigrant came in LEGALLY, mostly they were petitioned by their parents or relative etc. Under public Charge they will have a hard time to get NATURALIZED as US Citizen, if they use a public charge benefits, but a good immigration lawyer can do it. Illegal alien, Undocumented alien,are not IMMIGRANT. Illegal alien can not use public benefits, depending on their State they live-in. This TRUMP policy on Public Charge will win VOTES for Trump because US CITIZEN voters does not want their Taxpayers money being spend to Immigrant who are lazy to work.