Washington: (HRNW) The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a rule that aims to deny permanent residency and citizenship to immigrants who claim welfare benefits.
The top chamber’s five conservative justices outvoted their four progressive colleagues to support a request by President Donald Trump to lift a New York court injunction that had blocked the rule’s application.
Trump has made clamping down on immigrants a cornerstone of his presidency, and Monday’s ruling is the latest by the Supreme Court in favor of his migrant-related policies.
“Today the Court (rightly) grants a stay, allowing the government to pursue (for now) its policy everywhere save Illinois,” the Supreme Court ruling said.
The White House lauded the ruling, calling it a “massive win for American taxpayers, American workers, and the American Constitution” in a statement.
Announcing last August a new definition of the longstanding “public charge” law, Trump said that “to protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient.”