Supreme Court Ruling: Government Can Deny Green Cards To Those On Public Assistance
FILE – In this June 17, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
UPDATED 7:46 PM PT — Saturday, February 22, 2020
The Trump administration has tightened its grip on immigration policy in the U.S. This week, the Supreme Court ruled five to four to expand the “public charge” rule across the entire country.
The decision will allow all 50 states to deny green cards to any non-citizen who the government believes will rely on public assistance.Scotus@Scotus
The Supreme Court Friday voted 5-4 removing the remaining obstacle to a new “wealth test” making it easier to deny residency or admission to the United States if they might depend on public assistance.
“President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” stated USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli.
The Department of Homeland Security defined the scope of “public charge” in August 2019. They expanded it to include immigrants who are likely to use public benefits like Medicaid, food stamp and housing vouchers.Report Ad
FILE – In this Friday, March 17, 2017, file photo, a sign advertises a program that allows food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to shop at a farmer’s market in Topsham, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
Several states, including California, New York and Illinois, issued “universal” injunctions to stop enforcement of the rule across the country.
“It is a point of principle that we stand up at a moment like this, as a state, and assert ourselves,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.). “(We will) protect not only the values of the state, but the remarkable diversity that we represent within this state.”
Last month, the high court struck down the injunctions and expanded the rule to every state except Illinois, which has been since included in the ruling.
Advocates have urged immigrants not to be afraid of signing up for public assistance. They claimed the affected population will be small.
“The people who are actually, directly impacted by this is very small,” said Immigration Advocates Network Director Rodrigo Camarena. “We should remind our immigrant friends and neighbors that, in all likelihood, this decision does not affect you.”Report Ad
FILE – In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)
The new order will allow the federal government to enforce the “public charge” rule without being blocked, but courts will still be able to appeal the rule in their state.
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Illinois will hear oral arguments on the issue next week. The new rule will take effect nationwide on Monday.