Supreme Court Says Trump Admin Can Enforce Controversial “Wealth Test” For Immigrants

Monday, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to enforce new rules that would raise the bar for immigrants seeking citizenship while challenges in lower courts proceed. The rules apply a stricter “wealth test” to immigrants applying for green cards and give the government broader authority to reject those “likely to be a public charge,” meaning they use federal assistance programs like Medicaid.

Conservative Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh voted in favor of allowing the new rules to be enforced, while Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan rejected the Trump administration’s request. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the ruling is “a massive win for the American taxpayers, American workers, and the American Constitution.”

The new rules consider immigrants “public charges” if they use government assistance for more than 12 months in a 36-month time frame or are seen as likely to do so. Assistance includes Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, and more.

Many people quickly pointed out that with these restrictions, themselves or their families could have never come to America.

Democratic presidential candidates voiced their displeasure at the decision and ensuing “wealth test.”

And Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pointed out that what makes America great is the dream that you can come here with very little and be able to create a life for yourself.

People also pointed out the racism and bigotry that fueled the ruling.

And one user pointed out the eerie coincidence that the ruling also fell on Holocaust Remembrance Day.