woman and elderly man The newrules would redefine "public charge" as someone who is "more likelythan not" to receive public benefits for more than 12 months withina 36-month period. (Photo: iStock)

The Trump administration's quest to deny green cards toimmigrants in need of public assistance, including Medicaid, foodstamps and other government benefits, was temporarily denied byjudges in three states on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, the new rules were set to gointo effect on October 15, but  have been delayedfollowing decisions by U.S. District Judge George Daniels in NewYork, ruling on a lawsuit brought by New York, Connecticut andVermont; U.S. District Judge Rosanna Molouf Peterson in Spokane,Washington, ruling on a suit brought by that state and 13 others;and U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton in Oakland, California,ruling on a suit by California, Maine, Oregon and Pennsylvania.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.