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States Sue to Block Trump Rule That Would Block Green Cards for Immigrants Using Public Services

HeadlineAug 21, 2019

New York, Connecticut and Vermont sued Tuesday to block Trump’s public charge rule. Trump announced the new measure last week, which penalizes documented, low-income immigrants who seek benefits including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, by allowing officials to deny green cards and visa applications to those individuals. The lawsuit argues the new rule deliberately discriminates against Latinos and immigrants of color and is part of an ongoing effort to “reduce the population of permanent residents of color in the United States.” This is New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Attorney General Letitia James: “The rule penalizes immigrants for their use of vital non-cash benefit programs. And again, these are programs designed to encourage upward mobility, promote self-sufficiency and reduce homelessness, poverty and high-cost emergency room visits.”

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