Federal Courts Strike Down Trump Exclusion of Immigrants With Disabilities

Federal Courts Strike Down Trump Exclusion of Immigrants With Disabilities

In September 2019, NDRN filed amicus briefs in three cases before federal courts in Washington, New York and California challenging new Trump Administration regulations that make it harder for people with disabilities to apply for certain immigration benefits. Known as the ‘public charge rule,’ the regulations expanded the manner in which people with disabilities could be excluded from immigrating to the United States and becoming citizens.

On October 11, 2019, remarkably, judges blocked the regulations from going into effect in rulings issues in all three cases. The district court judge in New York stated, “The rule is simply a new agency policy of exclusion in search of a justification.”