DHS BARRED FROM ENFORCING NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE IN CALIFORNIA; COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS TO KEEP USING MEDI-CAL, CALFRESH, AND PUBLIC HOUSING
On October 11, 2019, the County of Santa Clara and the City and County of San Francisco won a preliminary injunction that prevents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from applying or enforcing its new public charge rule while the Counties' lawsuit is pending. The Court's order means that DHS cannot consider use of Medicaid/Medi-Cal, CalFresh (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP), and housing benefits (including Section 8 and public housing) by County residents as part of a public charge assessment. The same is true for residents throughout California, Oregon, Maine, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. In addition, on the same day, courts in Washington State and New York State also issued injunctions prohibiting DHS from enforcing or applying the rule anywhere in the country while lawsuits in those courts are pending. While any of these orders are in effect, the County urges all eligible residents to get and stay enrolled in these benefits.
The Court’s order is available here
, and the County’s press statement regarding the order is available here
On August 13, 2019, the County of Santa Clara, along with the City and County of San Francisco, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to invalidate the new "public charge" rule that allows the federal government to deny entry or green cards to legal immigrants for using certain assistance programs, like non-emergency Medicaid or food stamps (now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP).
On August 28, 2019, the County of Santa Clara and the City and County of San Francisco filed a joint motion for a preliminary injunction prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing or enforcing its new “public charge” rule. The injunction would prevent the unlawful rule from causing widespread harm to the County public health, health and hospital systems, and economy.