CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys general in 13, including Maryland, states have filed a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that’ll allow immigration officials to deny green cards to migrants who use public assistance, including food stamps or housing vouchers.
The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Richland, Washington, follows a similar one Tuesday by two California counties.READ MORE: Maryland Ranked 4th In Defense Spending In 2020, According to Department Of Defense Report
Under new rules unveiled this week, Citizenship and Immigration Services will consider whether applicants have received public assistance among other factors such as education to determine whether to grant legal status.
The attorneys general argue the expansion will cause “irreparable harm” and deter noncitizens from seeking “essential” public assistance.READ MORE: Ravens WR Bateman Celebrates Birthday By Giving His Mom A Mercedes Benz
The lawsuit names the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A spokesman didn’t return a message Wednesday.
The states involved are: Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington.MORE NEWS: Ravens-Packers Game In December Moved To 4:25 P.M., Team Says
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