On the eve of the presidential election, a federal judge in Illinois blocked President Trump’s public charge rule from taking effect.
Since Trump moved to expand public charge to include non-cash assistance such as SNAP as part of immigrants’ green card applications, the rule has been repeatedly halted and allowed to go forward by the courts. There is evidence showing that the ruling has deterred immigrants who are eligible for these services from using them, even as they have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A key witness in the ICE medical misconduct case was nearly deported—and there is evidence to suggest that she is a U.S. citizen.
Among those who are watching the results of the election are a mother and son—Hilda and Ivan Ramirez—in Austin, Texas, who took sanctuary in a local church five years ago after their asylum case was denied. Ramirez says that they initially came to the United States to flee Ivan’s abusive grandfather.