Federal Court Rules Against Trump To Protect Immigrants


Donald Trump’s deep disdain for immigrants has become evident in how he mistreats those seeking asylum across the nation’s southern border. Then, there are those less obvious but as appalling actions that land him in court. Today, Trump suffered another defeat.

A federal appeals court denied the president’s attempt to deny green cards to immigrants based upon whether they have accessed public benefits. In other words, the president’s rule wanted to link the benefits to their legal status.

The panel of New York federal judges denied Trump’s request to initiate its new program that would cut immigrant benefits during the time it was being considered in court. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled to retain the existing injunction against the president’s “public charge” rule. Trump’s rule would cut immigrant benefits during the time the lawsuit was in court.

Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan heard arguments in the case. In October, a federal district court in New York had halted one of Trump’s policies from going into effect, according to the New York Times.

The regional injunction was issued in California, and an additional national injunction issued in Washington were lifted by other federal appeals courts. That meant New York was all that stood between POTUS and enacting his new ruling. There was also an Illinois injunction, but that only applied to that individual state.

Tuesday, the judicial panel grilled Trump’s government attorney about why it should lift the injunction now. After all, the lawsuit was going to be heard in a few months. Not only that, the current situation had been used for decades.

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