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The Supreme Court rules in favor of Donald Trump’s ‘public charge’ immigration policy

January 27, 2020

  Last August the Trump administration issued new rules which expanded the definition of immigrants who are considered in the “public charge.” Immigrants who are considered a public charge can be denied residency and deported so this new expansion of the rules was met with condemnation and naturally lawsuits were filed and a stay was ordered pending the outcome of the litigation.

  But according to this story the Supreme Court has reversed the stay and the Trump administration is free to implement the new rules. Here is more:

A divided Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to begin implementing rules that make it easier for the government to deny limited-income immigrants residency or admission to the U.S. because they use public-assistance programs or might use them in the future.

The court, in a written order Monday, granted the administration’s emergency request to start enforcing the rules for now, a move that nullifies an order by a federal appeals court that blocked the immigration restrictions while litigation was ongoing.

The court’s action came on a 5-to-4 vote, splitting the justices along ideological lines, with conservatives in the majority.

Announced last August by the Department of Homeland Security, the rules effectively expand the pool of people considered likely to become a “public charge” under U.S. immigration law. The government can use the designation to deny an immigrant a green card for permanent U.S. residency, and to determine which noncitizens can be removed or barred from the U.S.

Using benefits like Medicaid, housing assistance or food stamps could render a person inadmissible.

Foreigners seeking immigration status in the U.S. generally have to show they have enough financial resources to keep them from relying on government programs that assist poor Americans. The denial of immigration visas on “public charge” grounds has increased during the Trump administration, even before the new rules.

  It will not take the left long, if they have not started already, to start screaming about how Donald Trump is turning away asylum seekers and political refugees who have nowhere else to turn with no concern for what might happen to them if they are returned to their home country but that is a conflation of the issues.

  This policy does not affect asylum seekers or political refugees but the left never lets the facts get in the way of a good story line.

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

3 Comments leave one →
  1. peter3nj permalink
    January 27, 2020 8:56 pm

    For the past 60 years the democrat party has built its constituency on the backs of american citizen taxpayers. The social security and welfare benefits, not to mention healthcare benefits, public education and other assorted government entitlements given to those immigrants both legal and illegal who have not deposited one red cent to those phantom “lock boxes” are measured in trillions not billions of dollars. And surely while Trumps policy may now stand it will go the away along with all the other good he is now doing once the socialists take the White House as soon as 2024. But for now let’s welcome this soon to be hollowed out victory.

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 28, 2020 6:15 am

      It is a victory but like you said it is only temporary, as soon as the next Dem is in there the policy will be reversed and then expanded again. The longer we can delay the inevitable the better at this point.


  2. January 28, 2020 12:21 am

    Ditto to Peter…. take one for the gipper…

    Liked by 1 person

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