How AMA is fighting to stop “public charge” immigration rule

As numerous legal challenges to a Trump administration rule that vastly expands which immigrants are considered a “public charge” wind their way through federal courts nationwide, physicians are letting judges know how the change puts immigrants’ health at risk—especially already vulnerable children, pregnant women and people with disabilities.

The change “dramatically increases the likelihood that lawfully present immigrants and their families will forego health and nutrition benefits to avoid negatively impacting their immigration status,” briefs from the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies tell the courts.

The AMA Litigation Center has joined state medical societies and medical specialty societies in filing briefs in a number of cases challenging the controversial new public charge rule and asking for preliminary injunctions to stop the change from going into effect while the courts consider whether the rule should be struck down permanently.

Find out more about the cases in which the AMA Litigation Center is providing assistance and learn about the Litigation Center’s case-selection criteria.

Each of these briefs asks the respective court to put or keep a preliminary injunction in place to prevent further harm and damage to immigrants’ health. The cases include:

Casa de Maryland Inc. v. Trump. This case was on appeal to the 4th. U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

City and County of San Francisco; County of Santa Clara v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This case is on appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This case is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The case was joined with the City and County of San Francisco; County of Santa Clara case.

By Tanya Albert Henry for AMA
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