Supreme Court Upholds Trump Policy to Bar Green Cards From Immigrants

The Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for one of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies. A 5-4 ruling will allow the Trump administration to implement a policy that will deny legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance, upon entry, or in the future.

At issue is the administration’s so-called “public charge” rule, issued in August that would restrict immigrants entering the United States if the government believes they will rely on public assistance, such as housing or health care benefits. Lower federal courts had blocked the policy from being implemented while the issue is being litigated.


After losing at the lower courts, the Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to intervene, allowing temporary enforcement until the issue is resolved on the merits. The states of Connecticut, Vermont, and New York, as well as New York City and immigrant rights groups, have issued suit against the rule.

The Trump Justice Department has gone repeatedly to the Supreme Court to lift such court-ordered injunctions, bypassing the traditional appellate process.

Justice Neil Gorsuch — supported by Justice Clarence Thomas — wrote a separate concurrence on Monday, criticizing the increased reliance on nationwide injunctions to block government policies.

“The real problem here is the increasingly common practice of trial courts ordering relief that transcends the cases before them. Whether framed as injunctions of ‘nationwide,’ ‘universal,’ or ‘cosmic’ scope, these orders share the same basic flaw—they direct how the defendant must act toward persons who are not parties to the case,” Gorsuch wrote.

The court’s liberal justices, Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, would have blocked the regulation’s enforcement.

While a “public charge” inadmissibility standard has long been part of U.S. immigration law, it had not been formally defined by statute. The Trump rule, announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in August, defines a “public charge” as “an immigrant who received one or more designated benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period.” Under the rule, such legal resident aliens would be denied a permanent resident status, or a “Green Card.”

The administration has said the new rule is necessary to better ensure that immigrants will be “self-sufficient.” Critics have said the rule would disproportionately bar low-income people from developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia from permanent residency.

24 Comments on this post.
  • Cliff
    30 January 2020 at 4:45 pm
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    These people that are allowed in this country only to immediately “get on the dole” are considered to be more ‘democrat voters” and will be easily CONTROLLED by the democrats, and THAT my friends is exactly what they want..More CONTROL over everyone they can USE to make their districts “one party” that rules the state. (just like COMMUNIST-RUN N.Y and Virginia.for two “examples”)

  • Robert
    30 January 2020 at 5:16 pm
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    It’s about time, most of these people are a health hazard to the U.S. Citizens .

  • Cindy Travis
    30 January 2020 at 5:37 pm
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    Thank God🙏Common sense prevails..

  • Cindy Travis
    30 January 2020 at 5:50 pm
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    New York is a mess, demonrat ruined.. High welfare. Illegals getting license to drive and are treated better than law abiding “LEGAL” Americans… Bail reform allowing rapists, murderers, child molesters and abusers, absolutely any criminal is allowed to run free.. Cuomo wants to shut down prisons.Take away our guns, and tax us higher to support all the freeloaders, illegals and criminals.. he wants them all to vote.. They give paroled prisoners sports tickets gifts, welfare, and free housing.. all to get the losers to vote for the 666 cult of evil demonrats.. we must push back.. Turn NY and America Red.. Save our country… Bring God back, morals and decency… Respect life stop murdering babies.. TRUMP “2020”MAGA and keep making her great…

  • Kenneth Bottomley
    30 January 2020 at 6:08 pm
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    Again progress being made despite dems ongoing attempts to corrupt are country, but until we get those democrat terrorist out of are gov. we will continue to loose are taxpayer dollars and put up with more s**t !

  • Jackson
    30 January 2020 at 6:31 pm
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    Ginsburg should just hurry up and croak!!!

  • charles hunt
    30 January 2020 at 6:41 pm
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    Too bad for the aliens. My tax dollars should NOT have to support them. Than God for President Trump. He will win re-election for a second term in 2020. The people are sick and tired of the libtards giving our money away to illegals.

  • Bob Bsrnes
    30 January 2020 at 7:10 pm
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    Its about time we
    shut the door on free leaders

  • ketrout
    30 January 2020 at 7:17 pm
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    These are NOT asylum seekers nor is this immigration, rather it is an INVASION of ILLEGAL ALIENS into our once great country!

    We already have some 30 million-plus ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS, and now we MUST STOP this continued invasion in its tracks. ALL MUST BE DEPORTED BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

    Time to SHUT DOWN our southern border and STOP ALL FEDERAL-AID going to foreign countries. Start charging a 25% REMITTANCE FEE ON ALL MONEY BEING SENT TO MEXICO, and other Central American countries.

    BOYCOTT MEXICO, and other Central American countries!!!

    END DACA, End Chain Migration, End Anchor babies, Make E-VERIFY MANDATORY, REDUCE the number of legal immigrants entering the USA, CLOSE LOOPHOLES in our immigration laws, End TPS, Build the Wall, and ENFORCE our current immigration laws.


    The invasion started before 1986 and has continued to this day, only many times the total each year going even higher of ILLEGAL ALIEN INVADERS entering the US ILLEGALLY.

    Time to put our military on our southern border and finally put a STOP to this insane madness. BY ALLOWING THEM TO DO WHAT THEY HAVE TRAINED FOR—-PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS. If that means separating children from their parents in order to prosecute the ILLEGAL INVADERS, then so be it

    30 January 2020 at 8:04 pm
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    Specialized in preparing immigration appeals. Unfortunately, in reviewing immigrant applications (majority originated from Central America), usually one (1) family member received federal hardship monies, e.g., medical, unemployment, etc. Tragic, but displacing Americans in favor of immigrants is a sad choice — the American inhumane homeless crisis is worsening. For the United States to remain strong, Americans must be assisted first. Unfortunately, monies limited.

  • lou
    30 January 2020 at 9:22 pm
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    The illegals say they want to come here to make a better life for themselves. What they mean is a better life given by the citizens of this country and not coming here to work for it. They wont stop in Mexico because Mexico expects them to work for their survival and not leach off them. Good for Trump.

  • Brad Sprieck
    30 January 2020 at 9:25 pm
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    This was the original laws intent, if we actually enforced laws currently on the books. The people’s president could focus on new challenges vs old ones. Our president is currently one of very few in our republic who actually represents we the People all day every day.

    Thank you!!
    President Trump!!!

  • Ken Jackson
    30 January 2020 at 9:44 pm
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    A big win for Americans. If they can carry their own weight – great place America. But no more freebees.

  • Ken Jackson
    30 January 2020 at 9:46 pm
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    A great win for Trump.

  • Lisa
    30 January 2020 at 10:10 pm
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    So it’s ok to be poor in your country so come to America and the legal citizens will support you! Not! Get a job like we have to.

  • Estell
    31 January 2020 at 12:49 am
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    We cannot take care of whole world. People have to learn they can’t just come to America and demand social benefits that our own people cannot get.

  • Glenn
    31 January 2020 at 3:58 am
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    The U.S. cannot now and never could support every needy, grabbing hand in the world. Yet the liberals would sink the entire Ship trying to on-board every dependent vote they can get in order to facilitate their Socialist New World order. Wake up, you Liberal Idiots! Socialism doesn’t work, never has, never will. My prayers that God save the U.S. from your ignorance. Trump is a true American hero in every sense of the word, and I for one will damned sure remember it in 2020 – and beyond.

  • jb andrews
    31 January 2020 at 6:40 am
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    Glad to see something is being done to protect the economy against freeloaders invading our country! God knows Obama didn’t do anything about this !!

  • Katee
    1 February 2020 at 11:51 am
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    About time someone in DC is doing something RIGHT!!!!!

  • katee
    1 February 2020 at 11:55 am
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    I hate when I post a comment and this thing tells me I have already posted that comment. NOT!!! DC finally got something right!

  • John
    1 February 2020 at 1:57 pm
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    It’s about time the courts woke up!!!

  • Karma
    2 February 2020 at 10:50 pm
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    It is truly saddening to see this much bigotry and hatred for our fellow man. Not everyone else in the world was blessed to be born in a land where they have the freedoms that you take for granted. Don’t forget that your ancestors were illegal immigrants on this soil. Maybe you can reflect on that for a moment and allow your tax dollars to help those that are now fleeing here for the freedom of pursuit of happiness, just as your families did, half a millennia ago.

  • Sharon Lantz
    7 February 2020 at 5:28 pm
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    I have worked the polls for the last 40 years in 6 different states. The last time shocked me and left me very concerned and unsettled. I want more than anything for every American citizen to vote, but what I saw was baffling. In the precinct I was assigned to work because they didn’t have enough poll workers people came to vote who did not speak English, could not read or write, and signed their names with an X. They were Hindi, and came in big vans with people that “escorted” them in to help them vote. They were all registered voters. I question how they passed the citizenship test. But, on election day if someone has proper credentials they vote. Every single one of the folks had a list in their hand of who they were to vote for…….. There are now 350 people in the state of Ohio being brought up on charges of voting illegally….. But, that will not uncast their votes. I am concerned that in close elections voter fraud may bring us to a bad place.

  • Bettye Cutting
    8 February 2020 at 2:55 am
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    It is good to prevent them from getting green cards, but that is not enough. I live in a place
    overrun with illegals. Everyone of them has a least one drivers license if not several. Their
    plans are to use the licenses to vote for whoever the Dem candidate is – just not Pres Trump.
    And they already are making plans of the routes they will take to get to as any voting polls as
    possible. I also have heard that there will be mail-in ballots by the million. They will have
    mail-ins ready to make the Dem candidate just barely beat Pres Trump. You can Google any number
    of sites that talk about how Obama is planning to take out Pres Trump. He doesn’t try to cover
    it up either. These sites tell about the meetings he has had with the top Dems to take down
    Pres Trump. I am very worried that no Republicans are paying attention to this. What can we
    his supporter do to help ? This is too important to ignore.

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