NV joins AG coalition fighting ‘public charge’ rule targeting immigrants

Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford joined 22 other attorneys general Wednesday in opposing a Trump administration proposed rule that would bar entry for immigrants who do not possess certain health coverage or the ability to pay for medical care. 

Ford joined the coalition in filing an amicus brief where they argue the rule change creates new, wealth-based health insurance requirements for immigrants, violating several laws established by Congress, including Diversity Visa laws and the Affordable Care Act.

According to the coalition, the rule would harm states’ economies and health care markets by encouraging shorter, term-limited coverage. 

“As the Trump Administration continues to find new ways to harm immigrant communities, my office continues to fight back,” Ford said. “Immigrants fill a substantial amount of jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and the sciences that are essential to Nevada’s economy. My office will not tolerate this attempt to use health care to ban immigrants from our community.”

The coalition argues that the proclamation would affect immigration applications for immigrants who are typically eligible for visas and would discourage families from accessing critical health, nutrition and housing programs. 

Ford joins the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and the District of Columbia in filing the brief. New York City also joined along with the states.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.