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Federal judge blocks Trump administration’s policy of denying residency to immigrants using welfare

A federal judge on Friday blocked a policy by the Trump administration involving immigrant residency and government welfare usage, another setback for an administration that has seen its immigration policies hindered by courts across the country.

The ruling, from Judge George Daniels in New York, held that Trump’s plan to deny permanent residency to immigrants using welfare benefits such as food stamps was “unlawful, arbitrary, and capricious” and exceeded the executive branch’s authority.

The new rule may have affected as many as four million immigrants. Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, had previously argued that the rule complied with “long-held existing law.”

🔦 Though the federal government has long held the authority to reject permanent residency for immigrants deemed to be a public financial burden, this new rule would have broadened the scope of that oversight.