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Obama Judge (AGAIN) Blocks Trump Admin Policy on Public Benefits for Immigrants

'The court’s decision to block enforcement of the Public Charge Rule re-opens doors for immigrants to access vital services like health care...'

(Headline USA) A federal judge in Chicago struck down a key immigration rule Monday that would deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other public benefits, a blow to the Trump administration on the eve of the election.

In a decision that applies nationwide, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman, a Barack Obama appointee, rejected the rule that had taken effect recently after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a hold on the policy following lawsuits.

Among other things, Feinerman said the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which makes federal agencies accountable to the public by outlining a detailed process for enacting regulations.

The decision marked the latest turn in a complex legal battle over the rule that has been among President Donald Trump’s most ambitious steps in overhauling the nation’s immigration system—a process that activist leftist judges have routinely sought to thwart using injunctions in coordination with lawsuits from radical open-borders groups.

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The Chicago lawsuit, filed by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Cook County, was among numerous legal challenges.

Under the Trump administration policy, immigration officials could deny permanent residency to legal immigrants over their use of food stamps, Medicaid, housing vouchers or other public benefits.

Green card applicants had to show they wouldn’t be burdens to the country or “public charges.”

Federal law already required those seeking permanent residency or legal status to prove they wouldn’t be a “public charge.” But the Trump administration rule included a wider range of programs that could disqualify them.

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It came as many of the Left have begun more aggressive means of courting illegal immigrants with promises of free taxpayer-funded perks like socialized healthcare incentivizing them to break the law and sanctuary cities providing safe harbor for them.

Even though who are unable to vote are still able to add to the political clout of the blue states that offer refuge and, in turn, receive more federal funding and congressional seats.

Open-border activists claimed Trump’s policy was a “wealth test,” while public health experts said it would mean poorer health outcomes and rising costs as low-income migrants chose between needed services and their bid to stay in the country legally.

Several Democrat-run cities said it would have a chilling effect, while also decrying the lack of funding to cover their own fiscal recklessness.

Officials in Cook County—which surrounds Chicago and runs one of the nation’s largest public health systems, claimed that the policy of trying to discourage immigrants from stealing into the country and exploiting the healthcare system had resulted in more of those already here potentially spreading the coronavirus.

“As we all continue to be impacted by COVID-19, it is vital that no one is fearful of accessing health care. The court’s decision to block enforcement of the Public Charge Rule re-opens doors for immigrants to access vital services like health care,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided in a 5-4 vote in January that the rule could take effect, but enforcement was halted by a federal judge in New York because of the coronavirus pandemic. But by September, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had reversed that hold and the rule took effect nationwide.

The Trump administration has touted the rule as a way to ensure only those who are self-sufficient come to the U.S., one of many steps to try to move the country toward a system that focuses on immigrants’ skills instead of emphasizing the reunification of families.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services didn’t return messages seeking comment Monday.

If there’s an appeal, there could be another legal wrinkle in the case.

In June, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Feinerman’s decision blocking enforcement of the rule in Illinois while the merits of the case could be decided.

It was a 2-1 decision, with then-Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett dissenting. Barrett was confirmed as a Supreme Court justice last month and would likely recuse herself if the case reached the nation’s highest court.

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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