A rule change allowing immigration officials to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to use public benefits has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge in New York.
The change, proposed by President Donald Trump’s administration, drew fire from immigrant advocates who said it would discourage legal immigrants from applying for benefits such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Days before the rule change was to be implemented, U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels issued a preliminary injunction stopping it from taking effect.
He called the rule “repugnant to the American dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upwards mobility.”
Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, tweeted a challenge to Daniels’ ruling.
“An objective judiciary will see that this rule lies squarely within long-held existing law,” he wrote, signaling that the administration plans to continue pushing for the change.