Trump Win at Supreme Court: Welfare Recipients Can Be Denied Residency, Citizenship

Central American migrants traveling with a caravan gather at the border wall, some sitting on top of it, look toward the U.S. from Mexico during a gathering of migrants living on both sides of the border, on the beach where the border wall ends in the ocean, in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik)

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Trump Administration can deny residency and a pathway to citizenship to migrants who depend on welfare benefits.

In a nutshell, the new policy means that America no longer signs a blank check to people who want to come here from the rest of the world.


The court ruled 5-4 to grant a stay on a nationwide injunction which prevented the Trump administration from using the “Public Charge” policy to vet people seeking residency and citizenship in the U.S. The Trump policy was blocked by federal appeals court judges with national injunctions in New York, San Francisco, and Richmond, Virginia.

With the order on Monday, the highest Court blew up that stay and may re-visit the proliferation of nationwide injunctions by lower courts.

The Associated Press reported that under the rules “a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officer reviewing an application will look at the person’s history of access to public programs such as food stamps, many forms of Medicaid, public housing assistance, welfare cash payments and Supplemental Security Income benefits.”

The Washington Times reports that participating in programs such as emergency medical care, school lunch programs, and children’s health insurance programs would not count against a migrant seeking citizenship or residency.

The “Public Charge” policy wouldn’t affect refugees or asylum seekers.

The “Public Charge” policy is not unusual. Our family welcomed a new family member from Mexico. We had to show that he would not become a “public charge.” It happens all the time, but you would never have known it from the crazed reaction of the Left.


Senator Ed Markey took a break from impeaching the president to hyperventilate about the decision:

This Playboy writer thinks the Statue of Liberty poem, added later, is part of the Constitution or something:

And, of course, the group called the National Immigration Law Center said making sure people aren’t a drain on the system is just downright racism:

The New York Times labeled it as a “wealth test”:


Some folks thought that making people pay for themselves makes sense:

This woman has lived it:

This man knows all about sponsorship:

Many countries in the rest of the world do the same thing:

California Healthline reports that immigrants make up few of the welfare program recipients:

They make up 6.5% of Medicaid enrollees, for example, and 8.8% of food aid recipients, according to an analysis of census data by the Associated Press.

Healthline reports that the policy allows the Department of Homeland Security to determine whether any of the 544,000 annual green card seekers are likely “at any time” to be dependent on welfare programs.


“The rule defines a “public charge” as a noncitizen who receives one or more of the benefits for more than 12 months within any 36-month period. Receipt of two different benefits in a given month would count as two months. In cases where a green card or visa applicant had not exceeded this benefit threshold, officers of the Department of Homeland Security would seek to determine whether they were “likely at any time” to do so. In reaching a decision, they would weigh the applicant’s age, health, financial status, education and employment history.”

Of the 544,000 people who apply for residency – green cards – every year, 382,000 of them would be in the categories subject to the new review, according to the AP.


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