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SCOTUS Allows Trump’s “Public Charge” Rule Targeting Low-Income Immigrants to Take Effect

HeadlineJan 28, 2020

The Supreme Court voted 5 to 4 Monday to allow Trump’s so-called public charge rule to take effect. The vote lifts a prior injunction blocking the measure while it’s being challenged in the courts. The hard-line immigration rule penalizes documented, low-income immigrants who may seek benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, by allowing officials to deny green cards and visa applications to those individuals. Javier Valdés of Make the Road New York said, “This decision will hurt immigrant communities. The Trump administration’s public charge rules attack our loved ones and neighbors by imposing a racist wealth test on the immigration system. We will continue our fight in the courts to stop this reckless policy in its tracks.”

In more immigration news, House Democrats say they will soon consider the NO BAN Act, which seeks to overturn Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Trump said last week he plans to expand the travel ban and will announce additional countries soon. An appeals court in Virginia, meanwhile, is set to hear arguments today in three cases challenging the travel ban.

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