NY AG James announces suit to block Trump immigration rule

Andrew Weber
August 20, 2019 - 10:44 am
New York State Attorney General Letitia James

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the state was suing to block President Donald Trump’s new “public charge” immigration rule Tuesday morning.

The rule would deny green cards to legal immigrants who receive assistance from public programs including food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies.

“Generations of citizens landed on the welcoming shores of Ellis Island with nothing more than a dream in their pockets,'' said James in a statement that announced the suit. “The Trump Administration's thinly veiled efforts to only allow those who meet their narrow ethnic, racial and economic criteria to enter our nation is a clear violation of our laws and our values.''

New York joined with Connecticut and Vermont in filing suit.

More than 15 other states have already filed legal challenges against the rule, including New Jersey.

The new restrictions would apply to applications submitted on or after Oct. 15.

Refugees and asylum applicants would be exempt but legal immigrants who use public benefits for more than 12 months in any 36 month period would have a tougher time both staying in the country and becoming citizens unless they can show current or future prospects for employment.

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, defended the rule, saying, “We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient. That's a core principle of the American dream.”

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