A federal judge in New York on Friday granted an injunction blocking the President Trump administration from implementing its “public charge” rule that would have allowed immigration officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who receive some public benefits.
The rule was scheduled to take effect on Tuesday.
The rule would have restricted immigrants who receive food stamps, Medicaid, welfare or housing assistance from applying for green cards or certain other kinds of visas, and put certain income restrictions in place. According to the nonpartisan Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP), that could indirectly affect almost 300,000 people in Michigan.
“This ruling is a good sign that decency may win out in the end,” said MLPP Chief Operations Officer Karen Holcomb-Merrill. “The Trump administration’s public charge rule, as we know, is really a racially motivated wealth test. And it’s designed to rig the system against immigrants and their families who are on the pathway to a green card. We’re glad to see that the courts are showing what we already know: that this rule is harmful to families.
“But this is just a small step on the path toward justice. Public charge is one of many ways this administration is attacking families with low incomes, immigrant families, and communities of color and we must keep working hard to make sure to strengthen, not harm, all families in Michigan. We’ll be watching closely as additional lawsuits around public charge play out.”
In September, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Director Robert Gordon last month wrote an open letter detailing the new policy and reminding immigrants of their rights.