The city of San Francisco Sues Trump Administration Over Rule To Limit Legal Immigration. San Francisco including the nearby Santa Clara County on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the administration of the US President Donald Trump, whose mission is to block the new rule, a rule that is meant to drastically reduce legal immigration by denying visas to poor migrants. Some experts claim that the new rule could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to millions of individuals if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance like welfare, public housing, food stamps or Medicaid.
Lawsuit Over Trump’s Administration Rule To Limit Legal Immigration
Dennis Harrera, San Francisco Attorney said in a statement that, “This illegal rule is just another attempt to vilify immigrants“. Trump has made effort in order to reduce both legal and illegal immigration, an issue he has made a cornerstone of his presidency and one that he has continued to stress as the 2020 presidential election campaign begins to heats up.
The rule was unveiled on Monday and will be effective from October 15. It will expand the definition of a public charge, allowing denials to visa applicants who has failed to meet income requirements or who receive public assistance.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco states that, “The recent and final rule rejects the longstanding and already existing definition of public charge, and attempts to redefine it in order to include even minimal use of a much wider range of non-cash benefits. The final rule will worsen the health and well-being of the counties’ residents, increase risks to the public health, undermine the counties’ health and safety-net systems, and inflict significant financial harm”.
San Francisco is regarded as both a city at the same time a county. Santa Clara County includes the city of San Jose as well as other various parts of Silicon Valley.
The suit names U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Homeland Security and their directors as defendants. It was reported that the former agency declined to comments and the latter did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
The suit is against the new rule as a result of its violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 by opposing the longstanding definition of Public Charge as a person whose “primarily” depend on public assistance for survival.
However, the suit also claims that with the new rule, families will be split, undermining immigration laws which was meant to prioritize family unification; misapplies the intent of Congress on the definition of self-sufficiency of immigrants; and it also runs contrary to the statutes governing SNAP, which is also known as food stamps.
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) said it will also file a lawsuit to stop the rule from seeing the light of day. The attorney general of New York and California have also threatened to sue the Trump administration over the new rule.