SCOTUS to weigh Trump-era ‘public charge’ immigration rule

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in February on a Trump-era policy that restricted welfare-dependent immigrants from getting green cards, Fox News reports. 

Like it has done with the rest of former President Donald Trump’s common-sense immigration agenda, the Biden administration ended Trump’s “public charge” rule last year.

Can states defend it?

At the time, Biden’s top immigration officer, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, said it didn’t reflect the nation’s “values.” Biden’s peculiar spin on American “values” has seen him effectively open up the southern border, leading to the highest level of illegal immigration on record, The Washington Post reported.

The Supreme Court isn’t yet weighing the substance of the public charge policy, but whether Arizona and several other states can legally defend it after the Biden White House dropped the case. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene after the Ninth Circuit blocked it.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R), who is leading the court fight to keep the rule, joined Fox News on Sunday to discuss the case.

“The bottom line is, we know the public charge rule is a common-sense immigration policy that ensures our public emergency assistance programs are available when Americans need them the most,” Brnovich said.

“I think this is a very important issue from a policy perspective and also really important because we’re essentially doing the job that the Biden administration won’t,” he added.

Biden’s making it worse

Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia are also defending the rule.

President Trump enacted the “public charge” rule in 2019 to relieve the burden of mass immigration on taxpayers. The policy was just one effort by Trump to curtail legal immigration. Trump also worked to make it more difficult for migrants to receive asylum with policies like “Remain in Mexico.”

Biden, despite unleashing a historic crisis at the southern border, has been fighting to end the signature Trump policy, which was widely credited with getting the southern border under control.

Brnovich told Fox that while he believes the states are correct on the merits of the “public charge” rule, he won’t try to predict the Supreme Court’s decision.

“I learned a long time ago as a prosecutor not to predict what a court is going to do, but I do believe we are right on the law and right on the policy,” he said.

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