New Trump Immigration Rule Goes into Effect Today

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The decision will allow all 50 states to deny green cards to any non-citizen who the government believes will rely on public assistance.

It said the final rule also addresses USCIS' authority to issue public charge bonds in the context of applications for adjustment of status.

Federal law already says that officials can take into account whether an applicant is likely to become a "public charge", which government guidance has said refers to someone "primarily dependent on the government for subsistence".

However, certain noncash financial aid items, such as food stamps, housing and health care assistance, were not previously taken into account for such purposes, but were included under the new Trump administration rule. In January, the Supreme Court ruled in another 5-4 decision to allow the rule in 49 states, but that decision did not affect IL which is governed by a separate judicial order.

Illinois, of course, was not the only state to try to prevent the public charge rule from taking effect.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor questioned the Supreme Court's hurry to lift injunctions when she dissented from a decision Friday evening allowing implementation of a new federal rule in IL that will bar more poor immigrants from the United States.

The four moderate justices dissented, and Justice Sotomayor wrote a particularly "withering" dissent.

"I fear that this disparity in treatment erodes the fair and balanced decision-making process that this Court must strive to protect", Sotomayor added.

In an apparent incrimination of five of her fellow colleagues, Justice Sotomayor alleged that they had politicized their rulings.

A group, Justice Advocates (JA), has faulted the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mohammed Tanko, to constitute a new panel to review the Supreme Court verdict of January 14, 2020, which sacked its candidate in the 2019 governorship election, Emeka Ihedioha, as Imo State governor.

There is an unspoken yet palpable expectation that political opinion as it may potentially relate to a judicial ruling would be conspicuously left behind at the courthouse steps.

One of the dissidents is the only Latinx judge on the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, who questioned the current administration's constant "seek of emergency relief from this Court". Vladeck wrote that Trump's solicitor general has filed at least 21 stay applications in the Supreme Court and compared that number to the combined eight times the applications were used during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. Liberal-leaning justices Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan sided with Sotomayor against the Trump administration, while Chief Justice Roberts, Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh were in the majority.

Trump was responding to a statement from Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who said Sotomayor accused "GOP appointed Justices of being biased" in favor of the president. With absolutely no explanation, the same 5 justices, including Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, granted a stay in the IL case on Friday night February 21.

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