A United States Federal Court has suspended President Donald Trump’s immigration policy that affects poor immigrants in America.
Immigrants cannot get green cards or visas if immigration officials establish they would depend on public benefits like food stamps.
The permanent residency aspect is being implemented by Department of Homeland Security, while the Department of State handles visa application.
On Thursday, Justice George Daniels of the District Court in New York, ordered authorities to stop the implementation of the immigration policy.
Daniels ordered the rule to be put on hold for immigrants residing legally in America until the coronavirus crisis is over.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in March, explained that immigrants seeking treatment for coronavirus would not be affected.
Daniels called the clarification “plainly insufficient”.
“This chilling effect, in turn, undoubtedly hampers efforts to contain the virus and protect the public health of residents across the country,” the judge wrote.
Daniel stated that the Trump administration went too far ineffectively redefining what it means to be a “public charge.”