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Attorneys Condemn Supreme Court Ruling Temporarily Allowing “Public Charge” Rule

Attorneys for plaintiffs in Make the Road New York v. Cuccinelli condemned a United States Supreme Court decision today, temporarily lifting the last remaining nationwide injunction that blocked a Department of Homeland Security “public charge” immigration rule from going into effect while it is challenged in the courts, reports CNN.

The Legal Aid Society, together with co-counsel from the Center for Constitutional Rights and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, sued on behalf of organizations serving immigrants to block the rule, and a federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction enjoining the rule for the duration of the lawsuit.

The Trump administration appealed the injunction and then asked the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the injunction pending its expedited appeal—which will be heard in March—but the appeals court refused. Trump then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene.

“We have been fighting to see that this Rule never goes into effect, but now that it is, if even for a brief time, it is critical that immigrants and their families making decisions about using public benefits consult legal advocates who understand the Rule before assuming it applies to them,” said Susan Welber, Staff Attorney in The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Practice Law Reform Unit.

Despite the setback in the Supreme Court, The Legal Aid Society continues to lead the fight in the courts and on the ground.

Concerned individuals can call The Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Helpline at 844-955-3425 to access free, safe legal help and to find answers to questions.