California Counties File Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Public Charge Rule

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Two California counties are challenging the Trump Administration’s new public charge rule that targets low-income immigrants seeking to enter the United States or adjust their immigration status.

Under the public charge rule, immigrants seeking to enter the United States or those adjusting their immigration status must prove that they are unlikely to become a burden to taxpayers.

The government will deny the entry or adjustment of immigration status of any immigrant who will likely to become a public charge. The White House explained that “public charge has been a part of United States immigration law for more than 100 years as a ground of inadmissibility.”

On Monday, President Donald Trump said, “To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.”

Arguments against the public charge rule

On Tuesday, the counties of Santa Clara and San Francisco rejected the explanation of the White House and filed a lawsuit alleging that the public charge rule will harm “critical public health and safety net systems.”