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January 29, 2020

As billionaires are handed welfare through tax cuts and subsidies, Republicans attack the law-abiding needy.

The Trump administration’s new rule changes all that. It dramatically broadens the categories of suspect assistance to include food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. An immigrant who uses cash or non-cash benefits in any 12 months of a 36-month period will be deemed a public charge. Using two kinds of benefits in one month counts as two months of use. So an immigrant who relies upon Medicaid and food stamps for half a year will automatically be deemed a public charge. Because these guidelines are utterly unmoored from the actual law, three different courts blocked the new rule. On Monday, the Supreme Court lifted a nationwide injunction, allowing the rule to take effect in every state except Illinois, where a different court kept it on ice. The majority did not even hint at its reasoning for lifting the injunction. All four liberals dissented. SCOTUS’ ruling will devastate immigrant communities in the United States who rely upon even modest public benefits to survive. Many immigrants currently hold temporary visas and wish to become lawful permanent residents in the future. They may unenroll from Medicaid, abandon food stamps, and lose their homes to preserve their ability to gain green cards. Attorneys fighting the rule estimate that “hundreds of thousands” of people will be affected. These individuals, including children, will suffer malnutrition, poverty, homelessness, and preventable disease. Moreover, immigrants who are denied a green card may lose their legal status altogether, forcing them to leave the country or risk deportation. The rule will also exclude a large number of immigrants seeking entry from abroad, who face the daunting task of proving total self-sufficiency, not just now but indefinitely.

The Supreme Court allows Trump to punish immigrants he deems to be a “public charge.”
(via dendroica)

This is barbaric. As billionaires are handed welfare through tax cuts and subsidies, Republicans attack the law-abiding needy.

The Conservative SCOTUS majority did not even defend their ruling.


  1. “hundreds of thousands” of people will be affected. … And that’s EXACTLY what tRumpsky and his band of goons want.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Nan — January 29, 2020 @ 12:50

    • Hello Nan. It is clear that they are currently targeting people from African countries. The additions to the travel ban are a majority of African countries. Those people tend to be less financially secure than the white Europeans. So they get to keep out the POC they hate and do not want, and they get to encourage the white ones they do want. The idea of what may be a future case of being a public charge are very vague and simply unknown so it is at the whim of the one making the judgement. The biggest users of birth tourism is wealthy Russians. They rent / buy a tRump building condo or a long term term stay of months at a tRump property, so they will be allowed to keep doing it. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — January 29, 2020 @ 13:46

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