Public Charge Amicus Briefs

State and year of origin: California, Washington, New York, 2019

Courts: Northern District of California, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of Washington

Overview: A coalition of national disability advocacy groups filed three amicus briefs in support of litigation to stop the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing its new “public charge” rule. Twenty-one states, led by California, Washington, and New York, have filed cases against the Trump Administration to block the new rule. The advocacy groups – representing tens of thousands of people with disabilities and their families across the country – claim that the new public charge rule will prevent people with disabilities from entering this country or becoming legal residents in violation of federal disability law.

Status: Litigation pending.

California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
New York v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
Washington v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Related Media:

Press Release: “Disability Advocacy Groups File Amicus Brief Opposing the Administration’s Public Charge Rule as Illegal Disability Discrimination,”

The Hill, “Disability rights groups join challenge to ‘public charge’ rule,”