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Trump's "Public Charge" Rule Blocked Permanently Nationwide

Immigration advocates across the nation are celebrating in the wake of the Supreme Court’s move to dismiss a case brought by The Legal Aid Society challenging the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule – a policy that sought to make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use certain public benefits, such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers.

The dismissal comes after Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar told the justices that both sides had agreed that the challenge should be dismissed, as reported by CNN.

In a statement, The Legal Aid Society said that “the Trump rule erected an invisible wall in the form of a wealth test that discriminated against people on the basis of race as a condition for regularizing their immigration status.”

Susan Welber, a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society said in an interview that the filing means that the Trump rule will “now be blocked while the Biden administration continues its review process and decides what the new rule will be.”