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BREAKING: Public Charge Rules HALTED!!!

Protecting Immigrant Families

The below comes from Protecting Immigrant Families announcing a District Court decision issued on July 29, 2020.  Updated FAQs will be distributed soon.


[On July 29, 2020], the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a new temporary injunction against the DHS Public Charge rule. The order bars the implementation, application, and enforcement of the rule nationwide so long as there is a declared national emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The court also issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring enforcement of the DOS Public Charge rule and Health Insurance Proclamation, the first decision fully addressing these policies at DOS, and it enjoined those policies indefinitely, beyond the national emergency related to the pandemic. 

Please see the following press releases from our litigation partners and from the co-chairs of the PIF Campaign

What’s Next?

We are still working through what the impact of this decision may be in the long term. However, we anticipate that the federal government will continue to push to overturn the preliminary injunction. Stay tuned for more updates from the Campaign. We will follow up with more resources, but below are some topline talking points: 

  • As long as the New York district court’s injunction remains in place, the public charge rule continues to be blocked nationwide. 

  • We ask immigrant families to get the facts — the Trump administration wants you to be afraid, but with the right information, you can make the best choice for your family.




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