SCOTUS Takes Up Immigration Public Charge Rule
THE SUPREME COURT AGREED TO HEAR A CASE CHALLENGING A TRUMP-ERA RULE THAT MAKES IT HARDER TO IMMIGRANTS TO OBTAIN LEGAL STATUS IF THEY USE PUBLIC BENEFITS
(CNN) – The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the Trump-era’s controversial public charge rule.
The rule makes it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits, like Medicaid, food stamps, and housing vouchers.
A “public charge” was defined in 1996 regulations, as someone who gets more than half their income from government assistance.
At the time, it only included cash benefits.
But in August of 2019, the Trump administration widened the definition to include more benefit programs.
The rule was immediately met with pushback and blocked by courts.
It is still in effect in most states.
President Joe Biden has called for an immediate review of the rule in an executive order this month.