After a New York judge issued a nationwide injunction on a new rule enacted by the Department of Homeland Security in August, the case went all the way up to the Supreme Court.
On Monday, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration can enforce its newly expanded “public charge” immigration rule.
Immigration rules tightened
Under the policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can look at whether an individual has used too many welfare benefits and use it to deny an adjustment of status.
This isn’t a new concept, as immigration law has long attempted to identify those who are a drain on public resources.
The current rule was devised during the Clinton-era policy, and it already allows the government to withhold citizenship if it’s found that the would-be immigrant relies too heavily on government cash benefits. The Trump administration is expanding that standard to include non-cash benefit programs such as Medicaid, food assistance, and federal housing assistance.
Trump administration cracks down
This isn’t the only legal win for Trump when it comes to immigration. In 2018, he scored another legal victory when the Supreme Court upheld his executive travel ban.
The ban originally covered people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and Venezuela, but the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the administration is planning to expand its scope.
The expanded ban is expected to also cover Sudan, Nigeria, Eritrea, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Belarus. Whether travel from those countries will be prohibited outright or simply subjected to heightened scrutiny isn’t clear.
A win on the wall
Another major win for the administration came earlier this month when the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals gave Trump the green light to spend $3.6 billion earmarked for military construction projects on the southern border wall.
In a statement, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham praised the ruling for having “lifted an illegitimate nationwide injunction entered by a lower court, and in doing so has allowed vital border wall construction to move forward using military construction funds.”
“This is a victory for the rule of law,” Grisham went on, adding. “We are committed to keeping our borders secure, and we will finish the wall.”
President Trump was upbeat too, tweeting, “The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision and gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars. Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!”