Appeals Court Blocks Trump Administration From Enforcing Sensible ‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule

A clearly activist court has refused to set
aside an injunction that blocks the administration from enforcing a very sensible rule that withholds
green cards from immigrants who would likely need government assistance to survive in this
country, as Reuters reports: “A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused
to set aside an injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a rule that
would withhold green cards from immigrants likely to require government assistance such
as Medicaid or food stamps. In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals in Manhattan also set an expedited schedule for the White House’s appeal of
a lower court ruling against the rule, with legal papers to be submitted by Feb. 14 and
oral arguments to be held soon afterward. The “public charge” rule unveiled last
year would make it harder for immigrants who are poor or need government help to secure
residency and stay in the country. Critics have said the rule would keep out
disproportionately large numbers of people from Latin American, African and Asian countries. Neither the Department of Justice nor the
Department of Homeland Security responded to requests for comment. The rule had been challenged in this case
by New York state, New York City, Connecticut, Vermont and several nonprofits. President Donald Trump has made immigration
a centerpiece of his administration and 2020 re-election campaign, and the public charge
rule has been among the Republican’s signature policies to curtail immigration. Several other lawsuits challenging the rule
are pending around the country. Two other federal appeals courts previously
ruled for the administration by staying nationwide injunctions ordered by lower courts, while
a third appeals court let stand an injunction covering Illinois. Because the New York case also involved a
nationwide injunction, Wednesday’s order means the rule cannot be enforced anywhere. When U.S. District Judge George Daniels in
Manhattan ordered an injunction on Oct. 11, he called the rule “repugnant to the American
Dream” and a “policy of exclusion in search of a justification.” The case is New York et al v U.S. Department
of Homeland Security et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 19-3591.” We disagree with this ruling and believe it
will ultimately be overturned at the Supreme Court, as so many anti-Trump activist rulings
have been.

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