“By design, it will also coerce thousands of immigrants and their family members to forgo or disenroll from critical federally funded, county-administered programs — even benefits not technically covered by the Final Rule — to reduce the risk that they or their family members will be denied admission or permanent residency,” the complaint filed by Santa Clara County and San Francisco reads, adding that some people have already disenrolled from benefits “out of fear.”
The lawsuit seeks to block the rule, alleging that counties will incur additional costs due, in part, to residents moving toward services paid for and administered by counties,
“Not only will the counties have to provide support previously furnished by the federal government, without any corresponding allocation of federal funds, they will face the new, increased costs of dealing with harms to public health,” they wrote in their complaint.
Cuccinelli told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday evening that he was confident that the new rule would prevail against the lawsuit.
“This rule is well within the law. I’m very confident that we’ll prevail in those lawsuits,” Cuccinelli said during an interview on “Erin Burnett OutFront.”
Cuccinelli also dinged the California plaintiffs, accusing them of not reading the lengthy rule.
“This is a 1,000-page rule. I’d be willing to bet — and I’m not a betting man — that they haven’t read it front to back, and while not everybody has to read it, if you’re going to file a lawsuit you need to know what you’re filing a lawsuit on,” Cuccinelli said.
“This rule is well within the boundaries of the law and the legal tradition,” he added. “Self-sufficiency is a central part of America’s proud heritage, and we proudly stand behind that tradition.”
The regulation will likely continue to meet legal challenges. New York state Attorney General Letitia James announced Monday evening that she plans to sue to block the rule, saying that under the rule, “children will go hungry; families will go without medical care.”
CNN’s David Shortell contributed to this report.