Nessel joins multistate lawsuit over federal immigration rule changes

    Dana Nessel
    Attorney General Dana Nessel at the Michigan Elder Abuse Task Force meeting in Flint, July 26, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    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. 

    Study: New Trump admin rule cracking down on legal immigrants could impact 300K in Michigan

    Nessel and attorneys general from states like Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania assert in the lawsuit that the changes violate the Immigration and Naturalization Act. 

    Immigration rights protest
    Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates and others participate in rally and and demonstration at the Federal Building in lower Manhattan against the Trump administration’s policy that enables federal agents to take migrant children away from their parents at the border on June 1, 2018 in New York. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

    “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.

    Nick Manes
    Nick Manes covers West Michigan, business and labor, health care and the safety net. He previously spent six years as a reporter at MiBiz covering commercial real estate, economic development and all manner of public policy at the local and state levels. His byline also has appeared in Route Fifty and The Daily Beast. When not reporting around the state or furiously tweeting, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Krista, biking around his hometown of Grand Rapids and torturing himself rooting for the Detroit Lions.

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