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Appeals Court Cuts Down Public Charge Rule

The Supreme Court let Trump's public charge rule continue as a wealth test for green card applicants, but a lower court blocked it.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York has upheld a ruling that blocked the Trump administration’s so-called public charge rule. The U.S. Supreme Court decided in January that the rule, which is essentially a wealth test that determines whether immigrants can get visas or green cards, can move forward. In a 114-page ruling, the New York court upheld an October order by U.S. District Court Judge George B. Daniels, which blocked the rule. The appeals court limited the effect of the order to New York, Connecticut and Vermont — the states that are part of the court’s jurisdiction. Bloomberg

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A Third of New York Small Businesses Could Close Due to the Pandemic

The coronavirus has left New York’s economy in tatters. Tens of thousands of people have been laid off from work and unemployment and extra stimulus benefits are steadily running out. Small businesses have been hit particularly hard. Over 2,800 businesses in the city have been permanently closed since March 1, mostly in Manhattan and the Bronx. When the pandemic is over, nearly one third of the City’s 240,000 small businesses may never reopen, according to a report from the Partnership for New York City. Small businesses represent roughly 98 percent of the employers in the city and provide jobs to more than 3 million people, according to the City. The New York Times

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly said that 240,000 small businesses may never reopen. The correct estimate is a third of 240,000 small businesses may never reopen.

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