"It is shocking to the American dream of the replacement for prosperity and success thru labor and upwards mobility".
Under the so-called "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds" rule put forward by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on August 14, the United States will disqualify legal immigrants from obtaining permanent resident status, commonly known as green cards, if they use, or are considered dependent upon, public-assistance programs such as food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid.
The rule, which the administration announced this summer, is being challenged in several federal courts by immigrant rights groups and more than a dozen state attorneys general.
The new rule changed this definition to include anyone who would receive a much wider range of public benefits.
And, writing Friday, Daniels emphasized that the government was "afforded numerous opportunities" to articulate a rationale for why it defined "public charge" the way it did.
"This new definition essentially changes the public charge assessment into a benefits issue, rather than an inquiry about self-subsistence, such that any individual who is deemed likely to accept a benefit is considered a public charge", he wrote.
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In California, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled that Trump administration officials "acted arbitrarily and capriciously during the legally-required process to implement the changes they propose" in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Caseworkers would also take into account the petitioner's age, educational skills, English language proficiency and health to determine whether they are likely to rely on the government for support.
Acting US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli defended the regulation earlier this year, saying, it will encourage "self-reliance and self-sufficiency for those seeking to come to or stay in the United States".
Cuccinelli responded to the ruling by predicting that the administration would ultimately prevail, arguing that "an objective judiciary will see this rule lies squarely within long-held existing law".
Nearly simultaneously, a federal judge in California also blocked the policy from taking effect, but that order was more geographically limited to states involved in the case: California, Oregon, Maine, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
Just last week, Trump issued a presidential proclamation that says immigrants will be barred from the country unless they are covered by health insurance within 30 days of entering or have enough financial resources to pay for any medical costs.