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CAIR Welcomes Courts’ Decision to Block New Trump Rule Seeking to Limit Legal Immigration

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed three federal courts’ decision to block a new Trump administration rule that would severely limit immigration of low-income migrants.

Last week, federal judges in California, New York and Washington issued injunctions temporarily blocking the implementation of the public charge rule, which would give the government wide reaching ability to deny green cards for those who have participated in public aid programs like Medicaid.

SEE: Courts block Trump rule to deny green cards and visas to low-income immigrants

SEE: Judges Strike Several Blows to Trump Immigration Policies

Current immigration law classifies immigrants who are dependent on the government for more than half their income as “public charges” and prevents them from obtaining green cards and visas. The new rule would expand the definition of public charge to include anyone who had ever participated in programs like Medicare, food stamps, and Section 8 housing or who are deemed “likely at any time” to do so.

The change, which would have gone into effect Tuesday, affects more than 380,000 people.

“Judges in three states independently came to the same decision last week, which is that this new rule from the Trump administration is a cruel attempt to curb immigration from low-income immigrants of color and goes against our founding principles as a nation that welcome all those seeking to pursue the American Dream,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “We hope that the courts will continue to stand true to American values and block this administration from creating an immigration system that privileges the wealthy.”

McCaw added that Congress could also act to pass legislation blocking the implementation of the public charge rule and taking the burden off the courts.

Learn more about the rule and its effects here:

Public Charge: A New Threat to Immigrant Families

Frequently Asked Questions: Proposed Changes to the Public Charge Rule

CAIR joined more than 1,100 other organizations in an open statement strongly opposing the rule change when it was proposed last year. The Washington-based civil rights organization also submitted a petition with more than 500 signatures to the Federal Register calling on the Trump administration to withdraw the rule.

SEE: CAIR, Members of the Public Urge USCIS to Withdraw Trump’s Proposal to Restrict New Green Cards for Those Using Public Aid

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,; CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,


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