CA Counties Sue Government Over New Green Card Rules

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San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera read a statement announcing the county’s lawsuit against the government’s new Green Card rules, saying they violate federal immigration law and exact a financial toll by deterring migrants’ requests for public assistance:

“This latest effort by the Trump Administration to target immigrants, including those who are lawfully seeking visas and green cards, is abhorrent, and we will do everything in our power to protect our residents’ ability to access the critical services and benefits we provide.” 

Santa Clara County counsel James R. Williams joined Herrera in filing the lawsuit by both counties against the Trump administration’s plan to deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers and other forms of public assistance, effective mid-October 2019. 

The lawsuit says that the administration’s new rule “forces the Counties’ locally funded health and safety-net systems to carry responsibilities once borne by the federal government.”

The Los Angelos Times reports that multiple lawsuits are expected. The Los Angeles-based National Immigration Law Center plans to sue over what it called an attempt to “disenfranchise communities of color and favor the wealthy.” Attorneys general in California and New York said they were also prepared to take legal action.

Immigration law can be confusing, and mistakes can be expensive and risky. An Immigration Simplified Attorney can evaluate your Green Card application, review your situation, provide you with the proper forms and help you submit your application. Contact us today to get started or call us at (312) 883-9944.

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