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On Friday, California joined three other states in filing a lawsuit to challenge Trump's new rules for immigrants using public assistance. Under the new rules, immigrants who used public assistance such as food stamps and Medicaid would be blocked from obtaining green cards. According to Attorney General Xavier Becerra, that affects nearly half of Americans.
“This cruel policy would force working parents and families across the nation to forego basic necessities like food, housing, and health care out of fear. That is simply unacceptable,” Becerra said in prepared remarks.
This lawsuit from California follows the lead of 12 other states this week.
“We want to see people coming to this country who are self-sufficient,” Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, said in announcing the administration would go ahead with the rule change.
If all goes as planned by the Trump administration, the rule change will take effect in October.
Read more about the lawsuit on the Los Angeles Daily News.