San Francisco and Santa Clara County succeed in blocking ‘public charge’ rule

City Attorney Dennis Herrera

Judge halts latest Trump administration attack on immigrants from taking effect while the case is decided in court

SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 11, 2019) —San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Santa Clara County Counsel James R. Williams issued the following statements after U.S. Chief District Judge Phyllis Hamilton today granted San Francisco and Santa Clara County’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the Trump administration’s new “public charge” rule from taking effect:

“This decision is a victory for the rule of law and the American dream,” Herrera said. “The Trump administration has been waging a fear campaign to deprive hard-working families of food, housing and health care. We’re fighting it in court, but anyone can fight back by asking questions, getting informed and knowing their rights. Don’t succumb to fear. This rule is not only unlawful, it’s bad for the economy, bad for public health and bad for our country. We’ve stopped it for now, and the court found that we are also likely to succeed in the overall case. We will not rest in our fight to prevent it from ever taking effect.”

“The Trump Administration’s ongoing attacks on immigrants are an affront to American values, and to all of our communities,” Williams said. “The public charge rule is an unlawful attack on vulnerable families, and we’re glad that the court has recognized the tremendous harm the rule would have caused if it had gone into effect. The rule violates federal law and creates wrongheaded obstacles for law-abiding immigrants looking to access services that are critical to protecting the health and safety of our whole community. Today’s decision is key to ensuring Santa Clara County remains a welcoming, supportive place for all our community members to succeed and thrive.” [Read more]


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