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SCOTUS Green Lights ‘Public Charge’ Rule

SCOTUS Green Lights ‘Public Charge’ Rule That Would Penalize Immigrants’ Use Of Safety-Net Aid.

 

AP:  01/27/2020 - Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

 

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A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing vouchers.

 

Under the new policy, immigration officials can deny green cards to legal immigrants over their use of public benefits.

 

The justices’ order came by a 5-4 vote and reversed a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that had kept in place a nationwide hold on the policy following lawsuits against it.

 

. . . .  An injunction in Illinois remains in effect but applies only to that state.

 

The lawsuits will continue, but immigrants applying for permanent residency must now show they wouldn’t be public charges, or burdens to the country.

 

. . . . Roughly 544,000 people apply for green cards annually. According to the government, 382,000 are in categories that would make them subject to the new review.

 

Immigrants make up a small portion of those getting public benefits, since many are ineligible to receive them because of their immigration status.

 

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