woman and elderly man The new rules would redefine “public charge” as someone who is “more likely than not” to receive public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period. (Photo: iStock)

The Trump administration’s quest to deny green cards to immigrants in need of public assistance, including Medicaid, food stamps and other government benefits, was temporarily denied by judges in three states on Friday.

According to the Associated Press, the new rules were set to go into effect on October 15, but  have been delayed following decisions by U.S. District Judge George Daniels in New York, ruling on a lawsuit brought by New York, Connecticut and Vermont; 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.

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