Immigrant rights advocates say Supreme Court ‘public charge’ ruling will severely impact communities

SAN BERNARDINO, CA — The Trump administration was handed a major victory by the Supreme Court in its bid to expand the scope and to implement stricter enforcement of the “public charge” rule, with a 5 to 4 conservative-leaning vote.

The decision will now allow officials to bar new immigrants from obtaining visas or green cards if they are suspected that in the future they may become reliant on public benefits, including Medicaid and food stamps.

The new ruling will severely affect new immigrants =—specifically those under family-based petitions—and those seeking for adjustment of status.

The expanded “public charge” definition includes:
• Received federal funded food stamps, Medicaid, section 8 housing or temporary cash benefits over a period of 12 months.
• Anyone under the age of 18 or older than 62
• Annual Income less than the 125 percent of the poverty guideline
• Bad health and may be subject to long-term care
• Educational attainment
• Ability to speak English.

Some immigrant rights advocates said this is just another way for Trump to restrict legal immigration.

“They have tried to change the family based system. That’s what they want to do, that was their ultimate goal—but Congress did not want them to,” said Russell Juaregui, Immigration Attorney at the San Bernardo County Community Service Center. “So they went to the public charge, to get they people who they really want here.”

“To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.”

President Trump applauds the ruling, saying it will protect benefits for American citizens. He stressed – immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.

“America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission.”

But New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has condemned the Supreme Court decision, tweeting that it is shameful, and that America shouldn’t have a wealth test for admission.

For his part, Juaregui said this new ruling wages war against the poor—who are still vital contributors to society.

“People work here, they pay their taxes—they contribute to the economy. They may not earn enough or a whole lot, but they contribute by paying taxes and working.”

The attorney also urges people not to panic and unenroll from any public benefit programs they are under—and to consult their attorneys first. Also, green card holders applying for citizenship are not affected by the new ruling.

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  • Mario
    1 February 2020 at 6:23 am - Reply

    PUBLIC CHARGE will WIN Trump VOTES, only Citizen can VOTE, Citizen HATES ABLED-BODY green cardholder receiving hard-earned Taxpayers money from Govt.welfare. I am an immigrant, can not vote, work 2 jobs, hates “KATAWAN KALABAW” immigrant getting FREEBEES from Govt. That is my hard-earned Taxpayer money. We have Sup Court 5-4 CONSERVATIVE majority for the next 35 yrs, Justice Gorsuch, 53 will retire at 85. Trump inherited 144 lifetime Federal Judges in the LOWER COURT, already appointed 188, LowerCourt LIFETIME Judges already Conservative majority. TRAVEL BAN and PUBLIC CHARGE was block by Circuit Court, elevated to SupCourt and TRUMP won. This is the future of the USA, the COURT already Conservative majority for the next 45-50 years. MILLENNIALS was trained by leftist Professors from Colleges, became FRUSTRATED when their intended Prez Candidate HCLINTON losses the election. Future US Pres. will come from the Millennials, but LIBERAL ideology will never win in Court, therefore smart Millennials saw the opportunity, they join the Conservative movement.