Three States Sue Over Trump Administration’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule

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State Attorney General Letitia James. (Lev Radin / Shutterstock)

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) filed a joint lawsuit with Connecticut and Vermont’s respective attorneys general against the Trump administration’s attempt to limit pathways to citizenship for some legal immigrants.

James filed the lawsuit in the District Court for the Southern District of New York on August 20, according to a press release. The Trump administration’s proposed policy would change how the US government interprets the “public charge” rule to stop immigrants from obtaining green cards or visas if they use or have previously used government assistance programs.

The lawsuit states the proposed rule “would have short- and long-term impacts on public health and the economy” by making it harder to use public services like food stamps or Medicaid. The joint suit also argues that the rule change could negatively affect “immigrants of color” like those from Central…

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