Immigration

Trump’s Justices Allow Ban On Potentially-Poor Immigrants

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

This isn't the end of the case, but the Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump regime may enforce a ban on permanent legal status for immigrants if they don't have enough money.

Five justices including two installed by Trump ruled that he can deny legal status to immigrants while the case proceeds.

The court’s four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, voted to prevent the policy from taking effect.

Federal appeals courts in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia, had previously overturned trial court rulings against the rules. An injunction in Illinois remains in effect but applies only to that state.

The lawsuits will continue, but immigrants applying for permanent residency must now show they wouldn’t be public charges, or burdens to the country.

Saying that permanent residents cannot access the public benefits they're actually paying for in their taxes is ridiculous in itself, but under this policy they don't have to actually use public programs to be disqualified from permanent legal status.

Trump's policy disqualifies anyone who may even qualify for an assistance program, much less use them. And, you know, if we applied this standard to every person, about half of the country would be disqualified. But that would include a whole lot of white people.

Actions like this are not always a predictor of how the court will eventually rule, but in this case I believe it is.

  • muselet

    Proving a negative is, to quote Spider Robinson, pesky difficult. I defy the five Supremes who voted to allow this preposterous policy to go into effect to prove they won’t ever develop cancer.

    The cruelty is the point, and five justices on the highest court have embraced the cruelty. Is anyone surprised?

    –alopecia

  • Fuck you, Mitch McConnell.

    • Tony Lavely

      If I could upvote more, I would.