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Federal court strikes down Trump’s ‘racist wealth test’ designed to punish low-income immigrants

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Trump’s proposed rule was “repugnant to the American dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility,” a federal judge said.

Immigrant rights groups applauded a federal judge’s ruling on Friday that struck down President Donald Trump’s proposal to put even more barriers in front of immigrants by labeling them “burdens” to the U.S. government.

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U.S. District Judge George Daniels issued a preliminary injunction on Trump’s “public charge” rule, which would have allowed immigration caseworkers to deny visas or green cards to undocumented immigrants if they are seen as likely to use government assistance such as SNAP benefits.

The proposed rule, previously set to go into effect on October 15, “is simply a new agency policy of exclusion in search of a justification,” Daniels wrote in his ruling.

“It is repugnant to the American dream of the opportunity for prosperity and success through hard work and upward mobility,” the judge added.

Make the Road New York was among the advocacy groups which, along with several states and cities, filed nearly a dozen lawsuits challenging the rule after it was introduced last year.

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The group hailed Daniels’s decision as “a major defeat for the Trump administration’s unlawful tactic to impose a racist wealth test on our immigration system.”

“People should be able to access vital and life-saving benefits without having to worry if they could remain with their families,” co-executive director Javier Valdes said in a statement.

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The federal government has labeled certain undocumented immigrants as “public charges” for more than a century; in the 1990s, the Clinton administration enforced a rule allowing the label to be applied only to immigrants who would use cash benefits.

Trump proposed extending the rule to people who may need Medicaid, SNAP benefits, public housing assistance, or other benefits. As Common Dreams and other outlets reported last year, providers of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) reported that the president’s proposal led to fewer applications for benefits, as families likely feared being targeted by Trump’s anti-immigration agenda.

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“The big concern for all of us in the WIC community is that this program is really about growing healthy babies,” Rev. Douglas Greenaway, president and CEO of the National WIC Association, told Politico at the time.

Some advocates pointed out Friday that Daniels’s ruling came just ahead of another federal court decision on Friday barring Trump from enacting his anti-immigration policies.

A U.S. District Court in El Paso, Texas ruled that Trump violated the law when he declared a national emergency in order to build a border wall separating the U.S. from Mexico.

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“Good news,” the legal services non-profit RAICES tweeted. “The Trump administration has suffered two HUGE loses today in its campaign to dramatically overhaul the nation’s immigration system.”

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Mark Meadows tries to dismiss new bombshell during frantic press gaggle: ‘Everybody has their impression of what truth is’

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Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) defended President Donald Trump from new revelations from his acting ambassador about a July 26 phone call by questioning the notion of objective truth.

Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, told a House impeachment inquiry that he learned Friday that one of his staff members overheard Trump ask EU ambassador Gordon Sondland about "the investigations," one day after the president asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden.

Meadows, a North Carolina Republican and one of the president's chief defenders, gave a frantic news conference shortly afterward.

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George Kent destroys right-wing conspiracy theory Ukraine interfered in 2016 election: ‘No factual basis’

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent debunked a right-wing conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine -- not Russia -- who intervened in the 2016 election.

Kent was interviewed by former federal prosecutor Daniel Goldman, who is currently serving as a senior advisor and director of investigations for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

"Are you aware this is all part of a larger allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?" Goldman asked.

"Yes, that is my understanding," Kent replied.

"To your knowledge, is there any factual basis to support the allegation that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election?" Goldman asked.

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‘Very damaging to the president’: Chris Wallace says first impeachment hearing left scorch marks on Trump

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Fox News host Chris Wallace on Wednesday reacted to the first public impeachment hearing by calling it "very damaging to the president."

During a break in the proceedings, Wallace said that President Donald Trump should be worried about the testimonies of Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs.

Wallace said that he expected the hearing to be "pretty devastating."

"I think that William Taylor was a very impressive witness and was very damaging to the president," the Fox News host explained. "He took very copious notes at almost every conversation. When he put quotes in his opening statement, he said those were direct quotes from what was said."

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