Judges in three states blocked a sweeping Trump administration rule regulation that would withhold green cards to immigrants who receive public assistance such as Medicaid.
US President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda ran into legal blockades in New York, California court.
The policy would have made it easier for the Trump administration to reject green cards and visa applications filed by low-income immigrants.
Titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” the controversial rule sparked several legal challenges.
The rule, which was finalized in August, vastly expanded who could be considered a possible “public charge”.
The public charge policy applies to someone who might at some point in the future need temporary government help such as Medicaid, food stamps or housing aid.
Federal judges in three states — New York, California and Washington temporarily blocked the so-called “public charge” rule days before it was slated to go into effect on Tuesday.
Judge George B. Daniels, of the Southern District of New York, blocked the rule nationwide, saying that the policy redefined longstanding immigration laws with a new framework that had “no logic.”
One of the Trump administration’s signature immigration policies, the rule is widely seen as an attempt to keep out immigrants who are poor or in need of help.
This decision marks yet another defeat in court for the White House.