On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, a New York federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing its Public Charge rule, nationwide. U.S. District Judge George Daniels found that the states and nonprofits challenging the public charge rule had provided “ample evidence” that the policy deters immigrants from seeking out COVID-19 testing and could threaten efforts to curb the spread of the disease. “As a direct result of the rule, immigrants are forced to make an impossible choice between jeopardizing public health and personal safety or their immigration status,” Judge Daniels wrote.
The cases are State of New York et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al. (1:19-cv-07993), and, Make the Road et al. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al. (1:19-cv-11633), both in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Please contact SPS Immigration if you have questions on how this will impact your immigration case.