US Courts block rule against green cards for Caribbean immigrants

Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed temporary injunctions by US federal judges in three states blocking the Trump administration’s public charge rule against issuing green cards for Caribbean and other immigrants. 

The rule was scheduled to go into effect on Tuesday. 

“It’s a great day for our democracy,” proclaimed Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants.  “This is a major win for immigrants.”

“I applaud the judges’ injunction in standing up to yet another attempted xenophobic policy by Trump,” added the representative for the predominantly Caribbean 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York. “Hate and bigotry will not be tolerated in America.”

“People would not be able to feed their children, get proper health care, and it would put all of us at risk.”

— Caribbean American Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke

Clarke said the hardship on Caribbean and other families would have been “tremendous.”

“It would be a really public hardship,” she said. “People would not be able to feed their children, get proper health care, and it would put all of us at risk.”

The judges in New York, California and Washington on Friday issued the temporary injunctions against the public charge rule that would make it more difficult for Caribbean and other immigrants to get green cards if they appear to be needing public assistance, such as financial aid, healthcare, food stamps and housing assistance. 

Several legislators and immigration advocates have filed legal challenges to Trump’s “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” rule.