California leads latest lawsuit over Trump immigration rule

Ken Cuccinelli made the statement on CNN Tuesday evening, telling an anchor at the network that the Emma Lazarus poem "was referring back to people coming from Europe where they had class-based societies".

About 95 percent of the state's farmworkers, 42 percent of construction workers and 39 percent of child care and early education workers in the state are immigrants, according to Becerra's office. "The public charge rule is unlawful and un-American, and it jeopardizes the health and welfare of children and families".

"The true impact of the public charge rule - and perhaps one of the Trump administration's chief policy goals - is to create a "chilling effect" that frightens immigrant families into disenrolling from public benefits, even when the rule does not apply to them or their U.S. citizen children", he said.

California, Oregon, Pennsylvani and the District of Columbia are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California. She says - because there are many mixed-status families living in MI - the rules could deter people, regardless of immigration status, from receiving healthcare or other benefits.

The former Virginia attorney general also told reporters that the new rule will not retroactively count against immigrants who received benefits before it was implemented.

The Trump administration's rule is expected to make it harder for immigrants who use government benefits to obtain legal residency.

He asserted the "cruel policy" would force working parents and families across the nation to forgo those basic necessities out of fear, which is "simply unacceptable".

An Associated Press analysis of census data showed that low-income immigrants who are not citizens use Medicaid, food aid or any sort of cash assistance at a lower rate than comparable low-income US -born adults.

"Through the public charge rule, President (Donald) Trump's administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America", said Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, during a White House briefing August 12.

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Trump administration officials have been challenged before about the Statue of Liberty poem after announcing immigration restrictions.

The term "public charge" in modern times has usually been defined as someone who is primarily dependent on the government. Under the longstanding law, that information can, in turn, be used to deny green cards to immigrants.

In the court filing, Becerra says the new rule violates the Constitution's equal protection guarantee, disproportionately blocking admission of non-white immigrants from Asia, Latin America and Africa.

"We are encouraging the community to take these two months before the rule goes into effect to understand the changes and what they could mean for their families", Morris says.

The new criteria means 22 million non-citizen residents of the United States who are using public services such as food stamps and public health care will not be able to obtain green cards or U.S. citizenship.

The new rule is creating a climate of fear among green-card applicants and their families, a social worker said.

Danilo Trisi, a senior research analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, noted that some groups are exempt from the public charge test, notably refugees and people with humanitarian visas, but they too may recoil from accessing benefits.

But Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey said the rule is discriminatory, usurps congressional power and infringes on states' rights.

  • Ismael Montgomery