Daniels argued that the administration's rule "is repugnant to the American Dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility", adding the measure is "unlawful, arbitrary, and capricious rule". Advocates say the rule changes are discriminatory because they would deny legal residency and visas to immigrants who don't have money.
Roughly 380,000 more applicants seeking legal immigration status would have been reviewed under the new rule, according to the government's own analysis. When a draft of the rule was published late past year for a 60-day period of public review, it received more than 260,000 comments, majority from individuals, organizations and jurisdictions opposed to the regulation.
"Give me your exhausted your poor who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge", he told NPR in August.More news: Google can't keep secrets, so all hail the Pixelbook Go
Daniels faulted the government for not adequately explaining why it was changing the definition of a "public charge" or why the change was needed.
"The United States of America has no official language".
The now-blocked rule would have meant immigrants applying for legal permanent residency, a step before applying for citizenship, would be judged based on additional types of assistance they have accepted from the federal government for at least 12 months in any 36-month period. If they can't speak English or have large debts, that would also count against them. "An objective judiciary will see that this rule lies squarely within long-held existing law".More news: Things WWE Fans Need To Know About Tyson Fury
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, expressed confidence that the administration would eventually prevail and framed the policy as a legal attempt to ensure that those who settle in the United States can support themselves financially.
Since a draft executive order leaked in 2017, the proposed changes to the nation's immigration system have elicited withering criticism from immigrant advocates across the country.
Nearly simultaneously, a federal judge in California also blocked the policy from taking effect, but that order was more geographically limited to states involved in the case: California, Oregon, Maine, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.
A study published by the Urban Institute earlier this year found that about one in seven adults in immigrant families reported that either the person or a family member did not participate in a non-cash safety net program last year because of fear of risking his or her green card status in the future.More news: Jane Fonda Arrested While Protesting in Washington D.C.
The proclamation, published by the White House on October 4, requested that those seeking USA immigrant visas be covered by "approved health insurance" within 30 days of entry into the country, or possess "the financial resources to pay for reasonably foreseeable medical costs".