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California Counties File First Lawsuit Over Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule

August 14, 2019 (1 min read)

Chris Mills Rodrigo, The Hill, Aug. 13, 2019

"Two California counties on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule that allows the government to deny entry or green cards to immigrants based on their use of public programs like food stamps and Medicaid.

Representatives for Santa Clara County and San Francisco filed the suit seeking a temporary injunction in the District Court for the Northern District of California.

The counties allege the rule change hurts "critical public health and safety-net systems, is arbitrary and capricious, flouts federal law, and seeks to usurp Congress’ authority by administratively repealing its longstanding family-based immigration system."

The plaintiffs allege that the projected drop in noncitizens using public services as a result of the new rule will “increase risks to the public health.”

They also argued that the rule is unlawful because it conflicts with “the broader congressional framework of U.S. immigration law.” "