Sunday, April 4, 2021

Texas Asks Supreme Court to Revive Trump's Immigrant Self-Sufficiency Policy; 14 States Ask Supreme Court to Let Them Defend Immigrant Self-Sufficiency Rule

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Texas asks Supreme Court to revive Trump's immigrant self-sufficiency policy:
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led a coalition of states Tuesday in asking the Supreme Court to revive a Trump administration policy that would penalize legal immigrants who end up using welfare programs.
The Biden administration has refused to defend the policy in court, in a move that would effectively kill it. But Mr. Paxton has asked for permission to step in and mount a defense of the policy before the justices.
He said the Trump administration checked all the procedural boxes in coming up with the new “Public Charge” rules that penalize would-be migrants for ending up on the public dole, and to allow the Biden team to scrap the rules through legal machinations would be “pernicious.”
“This is a shameless attempt to unravel common-sense immigration policies favored by a strong majority of Texans, and it cannot stand,” he said. --->READ MORE HERE
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14 States Ask Supreme Court to Let Them Defend Immigrant Self-Sufficiency Rule:
Texas and 13 other states have filed an emergency application with the Supreme Court asking to be allowed to defend the so-called public charge rule in court proceedings after the Biden administration decided not to defend it in court.
The public charge rule, which requires prospective immigrants to be able to support themselves financially, has been very heavily litigated in federal courts. The Supreme Court stayed a lower court’s injunction against the rule in January 2020, allowing it to be enforced, pending disposition of the government’s appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
Over vigorous left-wing opposition, the Trump administration revived the rule, which had largely fallen into disuse in recent years. Critics say the pro-taxpayer rule is xenophobic and discriminates against poor aliens.
The public-charge principle, that is, the idea that immigrants should have to demonstrate they can get by without becoming wards of the government, has been part of the American experience for centuries.
Public charge provisions have been part of U.S. immigration law since at least 1882. One of the earliest known public charge laws in colonial Massachusetts was enacted in 1645. By the end of the 1600s, many American colonies screened would-be immigrants and required bonds for those believed likely to become public charges. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Paxton, Republican AGs seek to defend Trump-era rule making it harder for some to get green cards

Republicans ask U.S. Supreme Court to let them defend Trump immigration rule

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