immigration and customs enforcement ICE-Article-201903292133The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Wednesday upheld a nationwide injunction blocking implementation of the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule, which would make it easier for the federal government to deny legal status to immigrants who apply for public benefits based on their income.

The panel’s ruling was the first appellate court decision to prevent the Trump administration from enforcing the new rule nationwide, after the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Ninth circuits both lifted similar lower court orders late last year.

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