A United States federal judge issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking the Department of State (“DOS”) and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) from enforcing Public Charge inadmissibility in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Judge George McDaniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued the order due to significant changes since the United States Supreme Court handed the Trump Administration a legal victory in late January 2020 allowing DOS and DHS to implement Public Charge inadmissibility at the end of February 2020.
“As a direct result of the rule, immigrants are forced to make an impossible choice between jeopardizing public health and personal safety or their immigration status”, Judge McDaniels wrote.
The ruling was hailed by immigrant advocacy groups which have been renewing their efforts to block Public Charge inadmissibility as COVID-19 infection rates continue to increase throughout the United States.
The federal government is entitled to appeal Judge McDaniels’ order.
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