Feds Say They're Getting Closer To Public Charge Rule Rollout

Published: Friday, December 13, 2019 - 9:28am
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Federal officials say they’re chipping away at legal roadblocks to enforce a rule that would disqualify people from becoming citizens, if they use too many public benefits.

The so-called public charge rule was blocked by injunctions in several courts before it could take effect. But a pair of circuit appeals courts recently put the injunctions on hold. And another circuit appeals court will soon consider whether to do the same.

“If the Second Circuit goes the same way as the Fourth and the Ninth Circuit, then all the nation-wide injunctions on the implementation of the rule will disappear,” said Muzaffar Chishti, director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University law school.

Chishti said if the Second Circuit lets the injunction stand, then there would be split decisions, giving the Trump administration a better chance to make a quick appeal to the Supreme Court.

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