Public Charge Update: Federal Government’s Anti-Immigrant Wealth Test Blocked

Biden-Harris Administration ends the 'public charge' anti-immigrant wealth test

This morning, the federal court for the Northern District of Illinois entered judgment in favor of Legal Council’s client ICIRR and co-plaintiff Cook County, stopping the United States Department of Homeland Security from applying the public charge rule, effective immediately.

Related: Cook County & Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights File Lawsuit to Block Discriminatory Trump Administration Action (Sept. 24, 2019)

The court held the public charge rule is both substantively and procedurally defective under federal law. As a result of this win, the harmful and dangerous public charge rule is no longer in effect.

We congratulate our client ICIRR and thank our co-counsel Shriver Center, National Housing Law Project, Sidley Austin LLP, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

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