A border enforcement advocacy organization is blasting an activist judge who made a ruling that rewards illegal aliens on the public dole. The judge, says the group, is complicit with those who promised to litigate everything President Donald Trump is doing to stem illegal immigration.
On Monday, an Obama-appointed judge in Chicago struck down an immigration statute that would deny issuing green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other taxpayer-funded benefits. Under the Trump policy, green card applicants had to show they wouldn't be burdens to the country or "public charges."
"This is yet another example of an activist judge taking it upon himself to overrule the elected officials of the United States," says Ira Mehlman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "What President Trump did in his administration was more realistically interpret the intent of Congress in the 1966 act."
Mehlman says that year Congress passed legislation that reaffirmed an 1882 statute that if an immigrant is likely to become a public charge in the United States, he or she isn't going to be admissible.
"[But] like everything else, it has gone through a long judicial process with litigation," he laments. "That's what the advocates for mass immigration of illegal aliens promised to do from day one of the Trump administration: litigate everything and run the clock."
Mehlman adds that if Joe Biden becomes president, the Trump public charge policy will become moot – likely along with many other immigration restrictions set in place by the Trump administration.