This rule makes it difficult for immigrants to gain legal status if they enjoy public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. He immediately encountered repression and was released by the courts after his release.
Judge George Daniels said on Wednesday that the worsening coronavirus pandemic was more urgent.
“What used to be theoretical damage turned out to be true. We no longer have to imagine the worst-case scenario; we are experiencing its dramatic effects in real time,” Daniels said.
“Any policy that discourages people from seeking COVID-19 tests and treatment increases the risk of infection for those people and the public. However, adverse government measures targeting immigrants are particularly dangerous during a pandemic,” Daniels wrote.
It is now likely that the matter will be referred to the Supreme Court, where it has already been disputed.
Roberts’ agreement left the door open to challenges
According to sources, liberal judges believed that the pandemic had changed the situation and wanted the administration to clarify its rules to help places like New York hit hard by the virus in the spring. Roberts was motionless and believed that the administrative instructions were clear that immigrants could receive Covid-19 care without consequences for their green card applications. Other conservative judges also agreed.
However, in an effort to ease tensions with the court liberals, Roberts agreed on a modest compromise that sent the signal that the liberals sought in the court order and ensured that the attackers were prevented from being pushed forward.
The order opened the door to a renewed challenge in New York and Wednesday’s decision by Daniel.
This story has been updated with more information about the trial.
CNN’s Joan Biskupic contributed to this report.