Mica Rosenberg and Jonathan Stempel, Reuters, January 8, 2020
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.
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.