On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, a New York federal judge imposed a temporary ban on the administration’s “public charge rule,” which allows the federal government to consider the use of public insurance and other benefits when determining an immigrant’s residence status (details). The federal judge imposed the temporary ban on the grounds that the policy prevents minorities from seeking needed health care during the COVID-19 pandemic. This, he stated, puts the public at large at greater risk of infection.
This will likely put the policy on hold for the duration of the public health emergency, though the administration is likely to sue. As a reminder, the administration’s rule was previously challenged in court. However, the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the administration may proceed with implementing the policy (details).