RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The Trump Administrations public charge rule was supposed to take effect today, October 15, 2019. It would deny legal status to some immigrants who have used public welfare benefits.
But, federal judges around the country blocked it. Lawsuits challenging the rule argue that migrant families are disenrolling from public benefits out of fear, even if the new rules wouldn’t actually apply to them.
The rule says some immigrants who use or are likely to use public benefits for 12 months and some who lack English proficiency may be denied green cards or visas.
“Effectively creates this narrative that immigrants are a drain on the economy when in fact we know that the opposite is true, that immigrants are a boon to the economy,” Said Charanya Krishnaswami, an amnesty international.
Acting Immigration Director Ken Cuccinelli defends the administration’s public charge rule.
The case will likely end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.