A federal judge in Oakland did not rule on Wednesday on a request for a national block of President Trump’s upcoming “public charge” immigration rule. Instead, the judge asked both sides to find common ground.
U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton asked lawyers representing the federal government and those representing community groups and public agencies to see if they could agree on a more limited injunction of the rule, which is set to take effect October 15.
The public charge rule would make it harder for immigrants to obtain legal permanent residency in the U.S. if they have used, or may need to use, benefits such as public food or housing assistance. The Trump administration says the rule is needed in order to enforce immigration laws. Both sides have until Monday to submit proposals. The judge is expected to rule soon after.