Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined a dozen other colleagues from around the country in suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over a new benefits policy for immigrants.
The so-called “public charge” rule would expand upon a policy that blocks immigrants, legal or not, from receiving public assistance. Attempting to qualify for public benefits could disqualify them from obtaining legal immigration status. The new rule could affect almost 300,000 people in Michigan, as the Advance reported earlier this week.
Nessel and attorneys general from states like Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania assert in the lawsuit that the changes violate the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
“Michigan is home to tens of thousands of legal immigrants who have every legal right to receive certain benefits to provide food, health care and shelter for their families,” Nessel said in a statement.
“We cannot and must not allow this morally bankrupt administration to undermine the very fiber of a country that was built on providing a helping hand to those who came to our shores from other nations — and which sacred values are enshrined on our Statue of Liberty. We are better than this.”
Earlier this week, Nessel joined federal lawsuits seeking to block Trump administration policies on guns, the environment and health care, as the Advance previously reported.