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Trump administration issues rule to further restrict asylum eligibility
Asylum seekers may face additional hurdles to winning protection in the United States after the Trump administration unveiled a proposed rule that would place new restrictions on the system. The rule would expand the kinds of criminal convictions, or charges in certain domestic violence cases, that bar someone from winning asylum. People who are convicted of "aggravated felonies" - The rule would expand the kinds of criminal convictions, or charges in certain domestic violence cases, that bar someone from winning asylum.
NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Wednesday refused to set aside an injunction blocking the Trump administration from enforcing a rule that would withhold green cards from immigrants likely to require government assistance such as Medicaid or food stamps.
In a brief order, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan also set an expedited schedule for the White House's appeal of a lower court ruling against the rule, with legal papers to be submitted by Feb. 14 and oral arguments to be held soon afterward.
The "public charge" rule unveiled last year would make it harder for immigrants who are poor or need government help to secure residency and stay in the country.
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Critics have said the rule would keep out disproportionately large numbers of people from Latin American, African and Asian countries.
Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor the U.S. Department of Homeland Security immediately responded to requests for comment.
The rule had been challenged in this case by New York state, New York City, Connecticut, Vermont and several nonprofits.
New York City's corporation counsel, James Johnson, said the city was pleased with the order. He called the rule "an affront to the city's values" and said it would "immeasurably harm its immigrant communities."
President Donald Trump has made immigration a centerpiece of his administration and 2020 re-election campaign, and the public charge rule has been among his signature policies to curtail immigration.
Court refuses to greenlight Trump rule restricting immigration
The rule would make it easier for the government to reject visas and green cards from people officials determine rely — or will rely — on public benefits.The decision by a three-judge panel on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan to maintain the sole nationwide injunction blocking the so-called "public charge" rule is a victory for critics of the proposed regulation, which they say would disproportionately affect low-income immigrants and people of color seeking to move to the U.S.
Several other lawsuits challenging the rule are pending around the country. Two other federal appeals courts previously ruled for the administration by staying nationwide injunctions ordered by lower courts, while a third appeals court let stand an injunction covering Illinois.
Because the New York case also involved a nationwide injunction, Wednesday's order means the rule cannot be enforced anywhere.
When U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan ordered an injunction on Oct. 11, he called the rule "repugnant to the American Dream" and a "policy of exclusion in search of a justification."
The case is New York et al v U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al, 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 19-3591. (Reporting by Mica Rosenberg and Jonathan Stempel in New York; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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