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Trump Public Charge Rule Likely Illegal, Barred in Chicago Area

June 11, 2020, 2:53 PM

The Trump administration’s new interpretation of its “public charge” rule is likely inconsistent with federal immigration law and negatively and disproportionately impacts both the disabled and immigrants, the Seventh Circuit said.

The federal appeals court preliminarily barred enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act rule in Cook County, Illinois, but declined to block the regulation nationally.

The rule states that a noncitizen may be denied an adjustment to their legal status if they are “likely at any time to become a public charge.”

Public charge isn’t defined but the administration recently interpreted the term to include someone who receives stipulated ...

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