While Washington is focused on President Trump’s impeachment trial, taxpayers won a huge victory in the Supreme Court on Monday, as the Court ruled the Trump Administration could start enforcing a new rule designed to screen out immigrants at risk of becoming “public charges.”
In a decision already enraging liberals, the Trump Administration won a victory at the United States Supreme Court on Monday when the Court ruled that immigrants can be denied green cards if they are likely to become overly dependent on government benefits.
“In the past, that was largely based on an assessment that an immigrant would be dependent upon cash benefits,” reports NBC News. “But the Trump administration proposed to broaden the definition to include noncash benefits, such as Medicaid, supplemental nutrition and federal housing assistance.”
Here's the 5-4 order, with a concurring opinion by Gorsuch, joined by Thomas, to issue a broadside against nationwide injunctions. The 4 more liberal justices would deny the stay, but they did not write anything at this stage. https://t.co/SDkAu3XkMw pic.twitter.com/058tFQs12g
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) January 27, 2020
Although the Trump Administration had issued the decision to restrict immigrants last year, a lower court had stopped the rule from going into effect.
Liberals and liberal groups are already enraged at the decision.
“The ‘public charge’ rule enshrines the false stereotype that people with disabilities do not contribute to our society,” the ACLU tweeted on Monday. “The rule would needlessly harm immigrant families, especially children and family members with disabilities.”
The rule would needlessly harm immigrant families, especially children and family members with disabilities. Read our full comment ➡️ https://t.co/DGV0pcqP3k
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 27, 2020
“The ‘public charge’ provision dates back at least to the Immigration Act of 1882. Federal lawmakers at the time wanted to make sure that immigrants would be able to take care of themselves and not end up a public burden,” explained CNN on Monday.
Under current regulations put in place in 1996, the term is defined as someone who is “primarily dependent” on government assistance, meaning it supplies more than half their income.
But it only counted cash benefits, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Supplemental Security Income from Social Security. The administration’s new rule widens the definition of who is expected to be dependent on the government by including more benefit programs.
“The effects of today’s #SCOTUS decision on the #publiccharge rule will be devastating,” California Governor Gavin Newsom’s office tweeted.
California is actively reviewing the decision to determine next steps and will continue to fight against these efforts to terrorize immigrant families.https://t.co/sufLBQ4qcH
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) January 27, 2020
“It is very clear the US Supreme Court is fed up with these national injunctions by judges who are trying to impose their policy preferences instead of enforcing the law and we see this again with the Supreme Court stepping in in the way they have here and we very much appreciate it,” Ken Cuccinelli, who now serves as acting Homeland Security deputy secretary, stated on Monday.
Monday’s order means the rule can go into effect in every state, pending appeal, except for Illinois which is covered by a separate injunction, reports CNN.