(NewsReady.com) – One of President Trump’s previously-blocked immigration policies could potentially deny legal permanent residency to immigrants who seemed likely to depend on government assistance after entering America.
The contention revolved around the idea of an immigrant being a “public charge” because they might rely on public assistance. Previously, an immigrant was assessed around their dependency on cash benefits.
The Trump administration wanted to expand the definition of “public charge” to include programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and federal housing assistance. The injunction against this policy was filed by various nonprofit organizations and the states of New York, Vermont, and Connecticut.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration in a 5-4 vote to lift the injunction put in place by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. The ruling was split along ideological lines with conservative judges voting for and the liberal judges voting against the rule.
Critics say that this law is a sort of “wealth test” that would bar more non-white immigrants from coming to the US. The Trump administration claims that the law is meant to prevent freeloaders from entering the country just to take advantage of our resources.
The SCOTUS ruling will allow the administration to enforce the new rule, while its legal challenges wind their way through the lower courts.
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