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Judge Issues Two Nationwide Injunctions Blocking “Public Charge” Rule 

(July 30, 2020 —New York, NY) –

Yesterday, a federal court issued two nationwide injunctions blocking the Trump Administration’s “public charge” rules.  These rules gave immigration officials extraordinary latitude to deny green cards and visas to the United States for individuals they deemed could be an economic burden to the country.


The ruling came in response to parallel legal challenges filed in late 2019 by CARECEN and partner organizations, the States of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, and the City of New York through counsel the Center for Constitutional Rights, The Legal Aid Society, National Immigration Law Center, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.


In his decision, Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York addressed the coronavirus pandemic and the increased importance of ensuring that immigrants are not discouraged from accessing necessary financial and medical assistance: 


Much has significantly changed since January 27. Today, the world is in the throes of a devastating  pandemic, triggered  by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. In six months, approximately 16.5 million people around the globe have been afflicted by the disease caused by this virus. That disease (COVID-19) has claimed over 650,000 lives worldwide. In the United States alone, COVID-19 has spread rapidly, infecting over four million people. Close to 150,000 American residents have died. All of these staggering numbers continue to climb on a daily basis…. Thousands continue to die indiscriminately. Attempting to effectively combat this plague has immediately come in conflict with the federal government’s new “public charge” policy, a policy which is intended to discourage immigrants from utilizing government benefits and penalizes them for receipt of financial and medical assistance.   


“These decisions represent an enormous victory for our immigrant communities,” said Elise de Castillo, Executive Director at CARECEN.  “They ensure unity for immigrant families across the nation and protect our public health by ensuring that immigrants are able to access life-saving public benefits without fear.  CARECEN celebrates these decisions as proof that the rule of law remains intact, and we will continue to fight against the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies until each and every one is dismantled completely.”