Attorneys for a coalition, led by New York Attorney General Letitia James, looking to block the implementation of the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule argued Monday that the measure exposed immigrants, and the community at large, to greater risk from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The arguments followed a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in January to lift a district court’s injunction in October initially blocking the rule, which would make it easier for the federal government to deny legal status to immigrants who apply for public assistance, from taking effect.

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