California Counties File Lawsuit Challenging Trump’s Public Charge Rule

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The argued the rule will “increase risks to the public health” based on the projected decrease in immigrants using taxpayer-funded assistance such as food stamps.

Additionally, the counties argued that the rule is “arbitrary and capricious.” It “flouts federal law and seeks to usurp the authority of the Congress by administratively repealing its longstanding family-based immigration system.”

Furthermore, the Santa Clara and San Francisco counties alleged that the rule is illegal because it contradicts “the broader congressional framework of U.S. immigration law.”

They are asking the District Court for the Northern District of California to temporarily stop the implementation of the rule.

An “attack on families and lower income communities of color”

Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra condemned the Trump Administration’s “vile” public charge rule as an “attack on families and lower income communities of color.”

Becerra accused the Trump administration of “weaponizing essential healthcare, housing, and nutrition programs.”