Washington: A US federal court has issued a temporary injunction against President Donald Trump’s administration’s rule that would deny permanent residency to immigrants deemed likely to depend on public welfare.
Judge George Daniels of the US District Court in the Southern District of New York wrote in a 14-page opinion on Friday that immigrants who would potentially be affected by the White House’s “public charge” rule could suffer “irreparable harm” if the regulation went into effect October 15 as scheduled, reports Xinhua news agency. “The balance of equities and the interests of justice favor issuance of a preliminary injunction,” Daniels wrote.
Under the so-called “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” rule put forward by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on August 14, the US will disqualify legal immigrants from obtaining permanent resident status, commonly known as green cards, if they use, or are considered dependent upon, public-assistance programmes such as food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid. The DHS rule “changes the definitions for public charge and public benefits, and changes the standard that DHS uses when determining whether an alien is likely to become a ‘public charge’ at any time in the future and is therefore inadmissible and ineligible for admission or adjustment of status”. Daniels argued that the administration’s rule “is repugnant to the ‘American Dream’ of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility,” adding the measure is “unlawful, arbitrary, and capricious rule”. (IANS)