Colorado has signed onto a federal lawsuit with 12 other states to block the Trump administration’s proposal that would make it difficult for immigrants who legally use public benefits from obtaining green cards or citizenship, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced Wednesday.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s proposed change to the “public charge rule” could deprive lawful entry to immigrants who have used, are using or plan to use the benefits. That means even immigrants who have used welfare or Medicaid in the past could face consequences, a news release stated.
The federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington. Congress has made immigrants eligible for the public assistance, but the new rule punishes them, according to the lawsuit.
“No law-abiding immigrant should have to choose between receiving legally available support and being forced to go homeless, go hungry, or go without preventative health care,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said in the release. “We will fight to protect America’s tradition of humane treatment of immigrants and for a better, fairer life for them in Colorado and the U.S.”
Weiser has been a vocal opponent of many of the president’s policies and has signed Colorado onto several lawsuits against the administration.
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Source:: The Denver Post