On Monday, President Trump achieved a massive victory in the Supreme Court when the court ruled in favor of the administration refusing green cards and citizenship to immigrants who receive welfare benefits.
The ruling removed a temporary block on the White House’s “public charge” rule. The 5:4 decision will lead towards more educated and more economically beneficial immigrants, with the aim being more immigrants that provide a net-benefit to the United States.
As the Daily Caller reported, “The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) dictates that foreign nationals should not receive green cards if they are “likely at any time to become a public charge.” At issue in Monday’s case is the definition of “public charge.” In recent years, the term was defined as a person primarily dependent on a cash assistance program.”
The Daily Caller continued, “The Trump administration promulgated a new rule in August 2019 that expands the definition to include those likely to use non-cash benefit programs like Medicaid, food stamps, or housing benefits for a period of months. The rule does not apply to humanitarian migrants like refugees or asylum-seekers.”
In response to the win, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “Today’s stay from the Supreme Court is a massive win for American taxpayers, American workers, and the American Constitution. This decision allows the government to implement regulations effectuating longstanding federal law that newcomers to this country must be financially self-sufficient and not a ‘public charge’ on our country and its citizens.”