This rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to acquire legal status if they enjoy public benefits such as Medicaid, food stamps and housing checks. He immediately complied with the push and was later blocked by the courts after his release.
Judge George Daniels said on Wednesday that the growing coronavirus pandemic provides more urgency.
“What used to be theoretical damage has been proven. We no longer have to imagine a worst-case scenario; in real time, we are experiencing its dramatic impact,” Daniels said.
“Any policy that discourages the population from testing and treating with COVID-19 increases the risk of infection for such populations and society. However, negative government action against immigrants is particularly dangerous during a pandemic,” Daniels wrote.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James noted that immigrants have been at the forefront of the pandemic since its inception.
“Today’s ban will ensure that they are not diverted to accessing health care or other vital services as they continue to fight COVID-19,” she said in a statement. “This order is vital to our national health because every person who has not received the health knowledge needed today runs the risk of infecting another person with coronavirus tomorrow.”
The matter is now likely to be referred to the Supreme Court, where it has already been disputed.
Robert’s decision left the door open for challenges
According to sources, Liberal judges believed the pandemic had changed the situation and wanted the administration to clarify its rules and help places like New York, which was heavily infected by the virus in the spring. Roberts was reluctant and thought the administration’s guidelines were clear that immigrants could receive Covid-19 care without applying for green cards. Other conservative judges agreed.
But Roberts, in an effort to defuse tensions with the court liberals, agreed to a modest compromise that sent the signal the liberals sought in the court order and ensured that the bidders would not be prevented from pushing forward.
The order opened the door to a renewed New York challenge and Daniel’s ruling on Wednesday.
This story was updated by a statement from New York State Attorney General Letitia James.
CNN’s Joan Biskupic contributed to this report.