AZ AG asks court to allow state to intervene in immigration matter; Darius Amiri, chair of Rose Law Group immigration law department, comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants to defend a Trump-era rule that was designed to deny “green cards” to those at the bottom of the economic ladder.

The move comes as the Biden administration has decided not to fight a ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which found the policies of the former president illegal. That potentially returns the situation to the way it was during the Clinton administration, when the economic tests for admission — and getting what is formally known as a Permanent Resident Card — were much more lax.

“Invalidation of the Public Charge Rule will impose injury on the states,” Brnovich said in asking the appeals court to let him intervene in the case. He estimated the cost of abolishing the 2019 rule at $1 billion a year nationally.


“The public charge rule as applied by the Trump administration was a boot on the neck of potential legal immigration to the United States. The Biden administration has decided not to defend the rule, so predictable the Attorney General is in favor of it. The old adage elections have consequences seems to be appropriate here. The Biden Administration seems to be moving forward on a more progressive immigration policy and on that note there is plenty of work to be done.”

Darius Amiri, Rose Law Group Immigration Law Dept. Chair

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