'Repugnant' Public Charge Rule Blocked By 3 Judges

By Suzanne Monyak (October 11, 2019, 2:31 PM EDT) -- Three federal judges in New York, California and Washington state blocked the Trump administration Friday from enforcing a rule that would penalize immigrants for using public assistance programs, with one judge calling the measure "repugnant."

In a biting opinion days before the "public charge" rule was set to take effect, U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels in New York was the first to halt the policy nationwide while litigation continues, saying the rule, which made it harder for immigrants who use public benefits to get green cards, has "no rational basis."

"The rule is simply a new agency policy of exclusion...

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