ASC Legal Update: Public Charge Victory and Ongoing Lawsuits

Only the nationwide injunction issued in the New York lawsuit ASC is involved in remains in effect and the government is still barred from applying its proposed public charge rule anywhere. ASC's New York lawsuit remains the only shield protecting millions from the Administrations's cruel Public Charge revised rule from devastating countless immigrant families. Our work has never been more important. 

ASC's litigation efforts currently have two major lawsuits before the federal courts. We are currently a party to the DACA lawsuit which will soon be heard by the Supreme Court. African Services Committee also recently won an encouraging victory in an ongoing critical battle: U.S. District Court Judge George Daniels recently issued a nationwide injunction suspending implementation of the Public Charge rule. This means that the Rule did not go into effect on the Administration's intended date Oct. 15, 2019. Judge Daniels wrote in his decision

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African Services Committee Joins in Filing of New ‘Public Charge’ Lawsuit Over Proposed Immigration Rule

‘Public Charge’ Rule Devastating to Immigrants and Families

New York, New York, Aug. 27, 2019: African Services Committee strongly condemns the administration’s “public charge” rule published Aug. 14, 2019 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and stands in solidarity with immigrant families and allies across the country, as we fight the finalized rule’s expanded provisions scheduled for publication Oct. 15, 2019. 

African Services Committee joined other non profit and advocacy organizations in a lawsuit filed Aug. 27 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) seeking to block the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule before it takes effect on October 15, 2019. The organizations, Make the Road New York, African Services Committee, Asian American Federation, Catholic Charities Community Services, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network ("CLINIC"), are represented by The Legal Aid Society, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. If the rule takes effect, it will vastly expand the government’s ability to deny permanent status to immigrants who have relied on certain public benefits. This litigation seeks a permanent injunction to block rule from taking effect, and marks one of many lawsuits to be filed across the nation.  

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Acclaimed Somali Poet Reads from Her Latest Work in Sold Out Show

Acclaimed Somali poet Ladan Osman read from her latest work “Exiles of Eden” (Coffee House Press) with the breathtaking backdrop "Noiseless" by Ethiopian artist Elias Sime, on view in a sold-out performance at James Cohan Gallery in Chelsea on June 12. Donations made during the event went to support African Services Committee. Special thanks to Ladan Osman, James Cohan Gallery, Blue Flower Arts and to all who turned out.  

ASC Lauds NYC Mayor’s Guarantee of Comprehensive Health Care for All

New NYC Care Plan a Major Step Forward in Health Equity & Immigrant Rights

African Services Committee (ASC) applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement to guarantee comprehensive health care to all New York City residents regardless of ability to pay or immigration status.  Beginning in the Bronx in June, with rollout to the other boroughs completed by 2021, the  NYC Care plan is a landmark initiative, contributing to universal health care coverage in New York City and is a welcome rebuttal to the Federal administration’s unrelenting assault on immigrant communities. 

“Mayor de Blasio’s announcement that the new plan will include health coverage for undocumented City residents is a bold, essential step toward health equity and immigrant rights in New York City,” says ASC’s Director of Advocacy, Amanda Lugg.

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