U.S. Supreme Court Issues Ruling To Deny Visas To Immigrants Needing Any Type of Long Term Public Assistance
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In a 5-4 ruling today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that allows the Trump Administration to enforce new limits on individual immigrants who have potential to become overly dependent on government programs.
Currently there are limits on immigrants who would be dependent on cash benefits, but the new ruling now expands that to include other types of benefits such as SNAP, subsidized housing, and medicaid.
This new definition would include individuals who need both cash and non cash benefits for a period of more than 12 months over a three year period.
Multiple judges from New York, Connecticut, Vermont, California and Maryland all attempted to block the ruling which would take effect last October, but the appeals court lifted the freezes from all of the states except New York.
“Generations of immigrants have come to this country with little more than a dream in their pockets, but the president’s Public Charge Rule is an egregious attempt to infringe upon the values of our nation, We have already received a favorable decision in the district court and are continuing our fight against the Trump Administration in the Court of Appeals.” – New York Attorney General Letitia James
There has been a lot of outrage from Immigrants Rights Groups over this policy and concern that it will drastically reduce the number of visas issued to immigrants.
Prior to this policy being implemented there has been a drastic increase in the number of poor immigrants being denied under public charge. In 2019 under the Trump Administration more than 12,000 visa applicants were denied compared to preliminary data from fiscal year 2016 where only 1,033 individuals were denied under the Obama Administration.