Connecticut, New York Seek To Block ‘Public Charge’ Rule Affecting Immigrants

Sep 12, 2019

State attorneys general from Connecticut, New York and Vermont are seeking a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s controversial public charge rule.

The Trump administration rule would classify immigrants who use safety-net programs, like food stamps or Medicaid, as public charges. The rule would use that classification to deny visas, green cards and citizenship requests. Some immigrants could face deportation.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong says the proposal has instilled fear and chaos in the state’s immigrant communities.

New York Attorney General Letitia James is the lead plaintiff on the lawsuit. The City of New York is also included as a plaintiff. 

They want to block the public charge rule from going into effect in October.