'Public charge' rule upheld by high court

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Supreme Court sunriseA high court ruling this week gave the Trump administration a “big win” over immigration policy according to an immigration watchdog.

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that prevented the Trump administration from implementing its "public charge" policy which allows immigration officials the ability to deny green cards to legal immigrants over their use of public benefits.

“And that is a big win for the American taxpayer,” Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says of the ruling that determined the policy can continue while the case is being litigated in the courts.

Mehlman

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

In a separate opinion, which also got a lot of notice, Justice Neil Gorsuch urged his colleagues to confront the "real problem" of so-called nationwide injunctions, orders issued by a single judge that apply everywhere.

“We are in a situation now where every federal judge seems to have veto power over any particular federal policy,” Mehlman says. “And that's not particularly the way the system was designed to run.”

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