Enforcement of Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule begins

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The Supreme Court handed Trump a shocking win on Friday regarding his highly contested “public charge” rule, a rule that would reduce the reliance of immigrants on public assistance programs.

The court voted in a 5-4 decision to lift a nationwide injunction on the rule placed by a lower court. Now, the Trump administration is charging full speed ahead on enforcement of the controversial policy. 

The new rule allows U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to deny green cards based on how much an individual relies on government assistance programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

Acting Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli said that “The main reason this got done is because we have a president who is determined enough to make self-sufficiency matter again in a meaningful way.”

Enforcement of the new policy begins Monday. According to the Washington Times, applications filed before Monday will be judged based on the previous rules, but all applications from this time forward will be subject to the new policy.

Immigration advocates have cried afoul of the rule, saying that it bars many from accessing “life-sustaining and potentially life-saving programs.”

However, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham touted the benefits of the policy on Saturday, saying “This final rule will protect hardworking American taxpayers, safeguard welfare programs for truly needy Americans, reduce the Federal deficit, and re-establish the fundamental legal principle that newcomers to our society should be financially self-reliant and not dependent on the largess of United States taxpayers.”

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