A federal judge has struck down a Trump administration rule that would have reduced food stamp benefits to hundreds of thousands of Americans including Caribbean nationals.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell said implementing the change would radically and abruptly alter decades of regulatory practice, leaving states scrambling and exponentially increasing food insecurity for some Americans.
In December, the Department of Agriculture formalised a proposal for work requirements for recipients of food stamps.
It would have disqualified nearly 700,000 people from food benefits.
According to a recent study by Columbia University researchers, more than eight million Americans slipped into poverty since May, demonstrating the deep impact of the coronavirus pandemic.