DHS lost its bid at the Ninth Circuit to stop preliminary injunctions against a new public charge rule limiting the number of immigrants who can be admitted to the U.S. based on doubts they can be self-sufficient. The court reasoned that the rule is likely not a reasonable interpretation of federal immigration law. Ultimately, the divided court upheld preliminary injunctions against the rule issued by district courts in CA and WA, though it narrowed the WA-based court’s nationwide injunction to cover only the territory within the court’s jurisdiction. The California AG Xavier Becerra called the court’s ruling a “critical victory.”

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Split 9th Circ. narrows block of Trump’s public charge rule.