Supreme Court Allows Trump Admin. To Block Immigrants Who Need Public Assistance

Holly Matkin

The change will restrict immigration access to those who have the greatest likelihood of relying on government programs.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court has given the Trump administration permission to move forward with restricting immigration access to individuals who have the greatest likelihood of relying on government programs intended to help low-income Americans.

Those seeking to legally immigrate to the U.S. are generally required to provide evidence that they have sufficient resources to keep them from relying on government programs, such as food stamps, housing assistance, or Medicaid, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The Trump administration made an emergency request to the court in order to begin enforcing rules which expand of the pool of individuals who are most likely to become “public charges,” according to the news outlet.

Under the new requirements, immigrants must show that they are “self-sufficient” and that they will not become an economic burden for taxpayers, CBS News reported.

Prospective immigrants who intend to or who are likely to rely on government benefits for 12 months or more during a three-year period could be designated as a “public charge.”

Age, health, proficiency in the English language, wealth, and educational skills are also taken into consideration.

A “public charge” designation could result in the denial of permanent U.S. residency, a green card, and in determining potential removal from the country.

Critics alleged that the rule changes are nothing more than a “wealth test” to keep low-income people from less-affluent countries out of the U.S.

In October, several judges issued rulings blocking the rule changes while litigation continues in lower courts, The Wall Street Journal reported.

One federal judge referred to the “public charge” rule as being “repugnant to the American dream,” according to CBS News.

But three of the four injunctions against it were lifted by circuit courts across the country in recent weeks.

The U.S. Supreme Court granted the Trump administration’s emergency request on Monday in a 5-to-4 vote, The Wall Street Journal reported.

As a result, the new restrictions will be applicable everywhere except Illinois, were a statewide injunction is still in effect, according to CBS News.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said he was pleased with the Supreme Court’s ruling, and said he was frustrated with “activist judges” implementing nationwide injunctions, CNBC reported.

In his concurrence, Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote that such injunctions are a “real problem” today.

“If a single successful challenge is enough to stay the challenged rule across the country, the government’s hope of implementing any new policy could face the long odds of a straight sweep,” Gorsuch noted.

"The real problem here is the increasingly common practice of trial courts ordering relief that transcends the cases before them," he continued, according to The Hill. "Whether framed as injunctions of ‘nationwide,’ ‘universal,’ or ‘cosmic’ scope, these orders share the same basic flaw — they direct how the defendant must act toward persons who are not parties to the case."

New York Attorney General Letitia James blasted the ruling, calling it an “egregious attempt to infringe upon the values of our nation,” CNBC reported.

“We have already received a favorable decision in the district court and are continuing our fight against the Trump Administration in the Court of Appeals,” James declared. “We remain committed to fighting against this misguided rule and will continue to pursue every legal tool available to permanently stop it.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez denounced the decision in a tweet.

“This is shameful. America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission. It’s a place where millions of people are descendants of immigrants who came w nothing & made a life,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The American Dream isn’t a private club with a cover charge - it’s the possibility of remaking your future.”

Comments (40)
flybynight
flybynight

We have more than enough people here on assistance as is and yes I know LCD, percentages baffle you to no end.

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Bubba B
Bubba B

Thank God SOMEONE with A CLUE is in OUR OVAL OFFICE now.We need more people on public assistance in this country like Nancy Pelosi needs more alcohol in her morning breakfast.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Every other country in the world requires you to be able to support yourself. Economic opportunity is not an asylum issue.

Wasiechu1
Wasiechu1

You have to wonder is someone is keeping track of the judges. How many have their decisions overruled by the Supremes. We know groups “shop” for friendly judges to get injunctions. How many of these judge know they are making a bad decision, but do it anyways.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Come legally, have some skills that you plan to use to provide for yourself, obey the laws, and we'll welcome you with open arms.

The Dems will let anyone come in, even those that are risks to the well-being of legal citizens, and they will even take money from the citizens and give it to the illegals, in their self-centered quest to remain in power.

This ruling is going to save countless lives, including some LEOs.

26 states provide benefits for non-citizens.

63% of Non-Citizen Households Access Welfare Programs
Compared to 35% of native households

Aramovich
Aramovich

Some times the poor are the hardest workers around. Not always, mind you. But if they have been here a while and established themselves, then the rule won't go into effect. BTW, the law has been on the books for at least 70 or so years.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Vegas odds give Trump a 5 to 1 advantage against anyone else. Assume the win, but make sure to vote.

Just-My-Thoughts.
Just-My-Thoughts.

When immigrants first came to this country they had to work fields, chop trees to build their homes, raise their food, PROVIDE FOR THEMSELVES. I don't mind a helping hand but not a lifestyle for those who come here and then try to change the way we do things here. It doesn't stop there, their kids then do it. The theft of public funds from local govt's. for start up businesses is also a joke... If it was so great where you came from, head back. I'm sure most would help pay your way back to the country you're fleeing from oppression, etc, etc.

RussellSR
RussellSR

Australia ,New Zealand and Canada (before the current Prime Minister) required a immigrant applicant not only to be self sufficient but also supply a skill needed in the country. Britain is now discussing putting in a points based system. https://ukandeu.ac.uk/explainers/the-australian-points-based-system-what-is-it-and-what-would-its-impact-be-in-the-uk/

lolamae
lolamae

It is NOT a wealth test AOC and you all know it. In the early years Immigrants who came here to work did whatever they could to provide for themselves and not suck off the Gov teat like so many of them coming here do now. They come here get on welfare, food stamps mock the flag and USA and stay on it. There are those who do come and work but most are not. Why do the Democrats favor illegals over their own homeless citizens, as if we don't have enough of them we can't take care of? And why do the liberals lie about illegals not getting welfare or food stamps when they do as soon as they cross the border. This country will not be sustainable if it keeps up like this and once that happens we will be easily taken over by another Gov, like Islam for one. Look what happened to Kabul n the 70's. No body hates immigrants all Trump is asking is they come here and not be a burden on the tax payers. He is looking out for our country and that is why we voted for him.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
The Supreme Court Judges IN FAVOR cited an 1882 Federal Law Intended to Prevent immigrants from coming to America with ZERO means of support and eventually becoming a Financial burden on the government , a.k.a. Tax Payers. Thank you 5 Judges.

DarrellB
DarrellB

Holly, what a dishonest headline!
"Public Charge" had been a part of our immigration laws since Ellis Island. It is WELL ESTABLISHED law. It is the recent feel good leftist judges that created this problem placing personal politics ABOVE precedence.

Woobie46
Woobie46

And the HITS just keep on coming....2 child molesters dead and now THIS!!! Best stories ever!

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

Save us money & increase in crime rate. Send them all back to Mexico now.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Wonder how the liberals in California will handle this? The illegals already have access to public aid programs and get free medical coverage through age 26. I'd bet the individual states will help many through some bogus programs that allow "sponsors" to put up money for illegal immigrants...one sponsor with a few thousand bucks could sponsor maybe a thousand illegals if they are good fraudsters!

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT. IT'S ABOUT TIME !!!!!!!!!!!!!

E7MR
E7MR

Look, I get the whole "huddled masses yearning to breathe free" thing, and yes, lots of people come here with little to no money, but come here legally and FFS at least have a plan! If you can't do that, you'll be a burden no matter where you are, and sincerely, better there than here.

I_Stand_With_Police
I_Stand_With_Police

This is all well and good but the problem is why the hell were these illegals allowed to get welfare and government assistance? Why weren't they deported the minute they applied for it? Why are Americans being denied while the illegals get? Also why is all this talk about the so called children of illegals when the children of Americans are suffering? This joke organization protecting illegals needs to set up their sweat shop in other countries and stop their "precious" people from coming here illegally then this wouldn't be an issue for them. Here it comes...The Hell with Illegals. Go the hell home and send in your application to come here period! We must take care of real Americans before illegals and refugees!

Andytheman
Andytheman

Our family was all born in Canada. We had 5 years while my parents had to work or wouldn't be let into this country.
My father came here first and had to have a job to even be considered for a green card.
My mom and us three kids came six months later. We had five years to make up our minds to either become Naturalized American Citizens Wich we all are now. We are considered dual citizens with voting rights in both countries.
My parents both worked while us 3 kids went to school.
We were never considered
public charges. They worked from day one and we never collected food stamps, collect welfare, or housing or any kind of public assistance. We also didn't sneak over the border illegally.
My father went from making $40.00 a month working in a weaving mill in Canada to $40.00 a week in the USA doing the same work. We deserve to be here as naturalized American citizens. We can never be deported. Even if we commit a felony. We are subject to American law and the justice system. Since all 5 of us were born in Canada, we have birthrights to return as automatic Canadian citizens anytime, no questions asked unless we committed felony crimes in America. That would void our Canadian citizenship. That's how it should be coming from another country. You should come here legally and have a sponsor and a job waiting for you. No safety nets. This country can no longer afford to support those who have no job, no money, no food, no medical healthcare for free.

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Another one for the Supreme Court!

Goldbear5
Goldbear5

Shame on her!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Fee the need to help, start a go fund me or another charity to help. Nothing wrong with helping, but we've got so damned many problems in inner cities and extremely poor in small communities that desperatly need help!

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

The US isn’t your damn baby daddy!

DrJasonAaronScalmato
DrJasonAaronScalmato

Do legal writers still spell immigration nigger?


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