Judge blocks “public charge” immigration rule during pandemic
A federal judge in New York on Wednesday ordered the Trump administration to stop enforcing a sweeping wealth test on people applying for green cards and visas for the duration of the national emergency over the coronavirus, agreeing with Democratic-led states that the rulesimmigrants from seeking public assistance during the pandemic.
The “public charge” rule first went into effect in February after the Supreme Court set aside court orders that had blocked the regulation, which gives officials more power to deny applications for green cards and visas from immigrants or prospective immigrants whom the government determines rely — or could rely — on certain government welfare programs.
“Defendants’ interest in effectuating the Rule fails to measure up to the gravity of this global pandemic that continues to threaten the lives and economic well-being of America’s residents,” Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court …continued .
[Source: CBS News]