According to CNN report from Washington, 13 States Filed A Lawsuit Over Legal Immigration in federal court on Wednesday, challenging Trump administration’s new policy that seeks to limit access to green cards for immigrants that receive certain government benefits. This challenge is the latest against the so-called “public charge” rule. Immigrants who use benefits like Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers could have their request legal permanent status request in the US rejected because they will be deemed more likely to need the assistance of the government in the future thereby becoming a public burden.
“The Trump administration’s message is clear: if you’re wealthy you’re welcome, if you’re poor, you’re not,” Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. The new lawsuit contends that the rule violates federal immigration statutes and expands the definition of “public charge.”
13 States Filed A Lawsuit Over Legal Immigration ‘Public Charge’ Rule
Last week, the county of San Francisco and Santa Clara, California, filed a joint lawsuit against the “public charge” rule, alleging that counties will incur additional costs due, in part, to residents that are moving toward services administered by counties and paid for.
The acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Ken Cuccinelli, whose agency is responsible for adjudicating immigration applications, defended the rule earlier this week, telling CNN’s Erin Burnett Tuesday evening that the;
“rule is not against the law but well within the law. This rule is well within the boundaries of the law and the legal tradition. Self-sufficiency is a central part of America’s proud heritage and we proudly stand behind that tradition,” Cuccinilli said.
The National Immigration Law Center has also said it was preparing to file a lawsuit alongside other groups. The policy have been condemned and pushed back from advocates who argue the rule and seeks to further limit legal Immigration and unfairly gives an advantage to wealthy immigrants.
This regulation is bound to have the “widest, deepest and most long term impact” of all of the immigration policies implemented by the Trump administration, said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, on Monday.