Judge blocks Trump immigration rule, calls it 'repugnant to American Dream'

Public charge rule blocked: Judge prevents Trump administration from enforcing tough green card and visa requirements

Judge George B. Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY issued a nationwide preliminary injunction Friday blocking the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services public charge rule from going into effect and shrinking the pool of green card applications, or those seeking to permanently live in the United States.

Judge George Daniels of the Southern District of NY issued an order blocking the rule nationwide.

By the end of the day, two other federal judges issued rulings against the Trump administration.

Immigrant rights groups applauded a federal judge's ruling on Friday that struck down President Donald Trump's proposal to put even more barriers in front of immigrants by labeling them "burdens" to the US government.

Bloomberg News reports U.S. District Judge George Daniels called the new Trump rule "repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility".

For decades, the USA has asked most green card and visa petitioners to prove they won't be a "public charge" - or an economic burden - on the country.

Most visa holders and unauthorised immigrants are not eligible for public benefits, but immigrant advocates, medical professionals and state officials have argued the rule could deter them from seeking benefits even for children who are U.S. citizens, even though benefits for family members are not considered under the rule.

The rule would have placed a roadblock on the path to legal immigration for immigrants who are poor and would have had to choose between facing hardship or obtaining a green card or other legal documents to stay in the country.

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The district court's ruling came one week after President Donald Trump issued a proclamation saying his administration will suspend entry of immigrants who lack healthcare or can not prove they are able to pay for medical expenses.

Daniels blocked the rule following a.

Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said in August the administration was "reinforcing the ideals of our self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America".

The policy is central to Trump's longtime goal to slash legal immigration and gear it more for people with employment skills instead of toward family members. Guidelines in use since 1999 refer to a "public charge" as someone primarily dependent on cash assistance, income maintenance or government support.

Under the new rules, the Department of Homeland Security has redefined a public charge as someone who is "more likely than not" to receive public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.

Earlier this month, Trump issued a presidential proclamation that says immigrants will be barred from entering the country unless they are to be covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to pay for any medical costs. The Trump administration's move would have expanded public charge grounds to include use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, and Section 8 rental housing assistance. Immigration officials will consider an immigrant's age, health, education, and wealth to see if they are at risk of becoming a "public charge". They consider it a betrayal of Emma Lazarus' words on the Statue of Liberty, "Give me your exhausted, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".

Daniels' ruling in New York was in a lawsuit filed by the states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont.

In California, U.S. Judge Phyllis Hamilton found "the plaintiffs are likely to prevail on the merits, for numerous reasons".

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