Federal Court Enjoins new USCIS Public Charge Rule Just In Time

Over the course of Friday and the weekend, several Federal Judges have granted injunctions preventing US Citizenship and Immigration Services from implementing the administration’s new Public Charge rule which was supposed to go into effect on Tuesday, October 15.


Notably, this isn’t a situation where judges from just one or two federal districts were willing to enjoin implementation of the rule: orders were issued from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Northern District of California, Eastern District of Washington, Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Maryland.  Most of the injunctions are nationwide in scope rather than limited to the court’s immediate jurisdiction, and they were based on several rationales for enjoining the rule.


It is fairly certain that the administration will appeal and try to get higher courts to overturn these injunctions.