Search This Blog

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Judge Blocks "Public Charge" Rule

Adam Klasfeld at Courthouse News:
Days after skewering the government’s rationale for denying green cards to immigrants on welfare, a federal judge on Friday blocked the Trump administration’s so-called “public charge” rule in a fiery opinion.
“It is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility,” U.S. District Judge George Daniels wrote of Trump’s sought-after barriers to U.S. permanent residency. “Immigrants have always come to this country seeking a better live for themselves and their posterity. With or without help, most succeed.”
The scathing 24-page ruling casts the rule change as an unnecessary departure from procedures in place for “over a century.”
Citing the Rehabilitation Act, Daniels reminded the government that federal law prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
“In fact, it is inconsistent with the reality that many individuals with disabilities live independent and productive lives,” the judge wrote.
Daniels warned that allowing the “public charge” rule to take effect would expose many to suffer “irreparable harm.”