21 state prosecutors ask to withdraw the public charge rule imposed by Trump against immigrants

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Food stamps are no longer considered public charge.

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A coalition of 21 state prosecutors on Wednesday urged the State Department to formally withdraw the version of the public charge ruleto imposed on the undocumented immigrants by the government of the former president donald trump.

The request was made through a letter addressed to Secretary Antony Blinken in which the coalition of prosecutors highlighted the damage caused by the public charge rule imposed by the previous Administration (2017-2021).

It’s 2022 and unfortunately we’re still stuck cleaning up the mess of the Trump Administration. said California Attorney General Rob Bonta, it’s a statement.

Bonta, who is leading the petition, explained that these kinds of policies “inevitably hurt all of us,” adding that during this coronavirus pandemic, in particular, “we need to encourage people to take advantage of important public programs that help keep healthy people, with safe accommodation and food”.

In March 2021, the Administration of current President Joe Biden formally rescinded the rule under which permanent legal residence (green card) can be denied to immigrants who, in the opinion of the authorities, can resort to social benefits such as housing subsidies. , food stamps or medical assistance.

Trump’s decision generated numerous lawsuits in the courts and, after his presidential inauguration a year ago, Biden made it clear that his administration would not continue to defend the “public charge” rule.

The Biden administration opened a comment period last year to ensure the new proposal does not place undue burdens on foreign nationals seeking admission or adjustment of status in the United States.

The Attorneys General of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington , also joined the call made by the California prosecutor.

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