Public charge rule blocked by New York federal appeals court

A federal appeals court on Jan. 8 blocked the Trump administration from implementing its "public charge" rule, which would force immigrants to choose between green cards and the use of public benefits like Medicaid, The Hill reports.

The administration sought to lift an injunction that has stopped the rule from going into effect nationwide. It was originally supposed to go into effect last October. The rule would allow the federal government to deny permanent residency to immigrants who use public benefits for 12 months or more in the previous three-year period. Benefits like Medicaid count toward this rule, making it controversial among hospital and medical association leaders. Opponents say the rule could cause people to delay necessary care. 

Two other injunctions against the rule have been lifted, one in Virginia and one in California, according to The Hill.

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