Last Friday a federal judge in Manhattan became the first in the country to block enforcement of the recently instated “public charge” immigration rule. The rule seeks to significantly restrict people who might need federal benefits such as Medicare or SNAP from obtaining legal immigration status.
The public charge rule would negatively impact people with disabilities and their families seeking to enter our country and has been denounced by The Arc. Additionally, The Arc partnered with 17 other disability rights organizations in filing an amicus brief against the public charge rule. We are hopeful that the judge’s block will hold, and will continue to follow the story as it develops.