U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Block Trump Immigration Policy During Pandemic

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected a long-shot bid by New York and two other states to suspend during the coronavirus pandemic a Trump administration immigration policy that denies legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future.

The court turned away New York’s request, which was joined by the states of Connecticut and Vermont as well as New York City, with none of the nine justices publicly dissenting.

The states argued that the regulation is hindering efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus “by deterring immigrants from accessing healthcare and public benefits that are essential tools for protecting the public.”

The immigration rule has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates as a “wealth test” that would disproportionately keep out non-white immigrants. It is part of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies.

The court in a brief order said nothing prevents the states from asking a federal district court judge to block the regulation based on the changing circumstances.

The justices also rejected a similar request made by Cook County, Illinois, in a separate case concerning only that state.

In January, before the spread of the coronavirus around the world, the court on a 5-4 vote allowed the policy to go into effect while litigation over its legality continues in lower courts.

The court’s five conservative justices were in the majority and its four liberal justices dissented.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Additional reporting by Kristina Cooke; Editing by Will Dunham)

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  1. How about these Public Servants who are running some of these states (into the ground), concern themselves with the Millions of U.S. Citizens under their care who have not only lost their paychecks, and are having difficulty feeding and clothing their families but will also be in danger of loosing their homes, because while a lot of car companies are onboard with Compassion and Payment forgiveness (at least 3-6 months), as always, Banks and Mortgage Companies are like Rabid Dogs (because of their preferential treatment under the Obama Sin Laden/Crooked Hillary administration Bailout/ Steal hundreds of thousands of homes then get sued, settle for a paltry amount and not actually Return those homes and then get bailed out Again-Sons of Bit-$”@!) And They Will Foreclose on people who fail to pay their Mortgage payments for more than 30 days. It’s already happening to people I know. Such BS. I mean, there are people who own Apartment buildings, who are forgiving 3 months of rent on All their 35 tenants for 3 months where I live! Now That is what I call Philanthropy, Compassion and kindness! The tenants all agreed to do their best to fix anything they possibly could without bothering the owner and of course the Ladies have all started making meals to deliver to the owner as a Thank you gesture. This is the type of stuff I want to see. Taking care of our own Communities and people. Let’s concern ourselves with making certain that jobs will Be there for Our Citizens, when it’s safe to go back to work. This has nothing to do with Intolerance or being Anti-Immigrant. Considering All of us who were been born in the U.S. and whose parents and were, (and so on and so on) are Not Native American, (there is still Native American Population and of course we have multicultural families as well.) However, nowhere near the amount of different Tribes that there were. We could have learned so much from them, but that’s another subject. Point is, that makes us ALL Immigrants, Duh?!?!
    This IS a Nation of Immigrants. However No Nation will thrive when it does not take care of it’s own People First, before taking care of those who are seeking Assylum for whatever reason. That’s just common sense, what is the first thing they tell you in Airplane safety? When the Oxygen Masks fall from the ceiling, Put on your Own Mask first, Before you help somebody else! If you are passed out because you can’t breath, you can’t help those around you and especially those you love!
    The libtards are constantly saying everything and everyone is racist or intolerant. It’s a tired, boring, ignorant Lie.
    I consider it normal and beautiful to bring different people, (all people, cut us open and we Look and have the Same Insides and All Bleed Red {or blue😂}) cultures, ideas together to learn from each other and to make new and beautiful experiences and things. Unique. Each of us is made that way with a purpose.

  2. Why the left spends even one second worrying about immigration when citizens are dying, losing their jobs, or losing their businesses really says all you need to know about the left. Take care of your own first, and then go out and help others. They’ve demonstrated by their actions – holding up the CARES Act and holding up the replenishment of PPP, that they don’t care about the American citizen. That and this lawsuit show where their true sympathies lie.

    1. Unfortunately, there is no up or down-voting on this site. Otherwise you’d earn 1000 up-vote for your comment.

  3. My uncle died not two weeks ago of a heart attack, it’s up to his widow and children to pay the outstanding balance. His housekeeper’s husband also died that same week, also of a heart attack, guess which one hasn’t and doesn’t expect to get a bill.

    1. Carla, I fail to understand why there would be any difference (you don’t elaborate). What I am wondering though is if either man was initially declared to have had COVID-19 before the findings were changed to heart attacks. With the increasing numbers of deaths blamed on COVID-19, we’ll never know how many of the reasons for death on the death certificates were 100% WRONG. I submit a guesstimate of only 2/3rds were COVID-19 related as a scapegoat.

      1. The housekeeper is here legally. Her husband was not.
        Initially my uncle was admitted with a COVID-19 diagnosis. He was recovering from that when he had his heart attack.

        The maids husband followed a similar path into the great beyond.

      2. James, if you were in an auto accident and the injuries resulted in multi-organ failure, WHAT would you consider to be the cause of death? Auto accident or organ failure?

    2. Your uncle should have been saving up enough money earlier in his life to pay for his healthcare later in life. Healthcare isn’t getting any cheaper, and it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll spend a lot in the last stages of your life.

      You should be saving at least $6,000 per year for your entire working life into a special savings account to pay for your own end-of-life care, unless you’re very wealthy and don’t have to worry about healthcare costs. Twenty cents of every dollar of our GDP goes toward healthcare, so If you save just 20% of your salary for your whole life, statistically you should be safe from passing on your medical debt. If you’re not doing this, you’re being inconsiderate to your heirs. You should have at least $300k saved in your medical account by the time that you’re 65 just to be sure.

      There is a price to pay for having the greatest healthcare in the world, and it’s ultimately up to you to make sure that you don’t leave bills for your spouse or children. Don’t be selfish.

      1. I agree wholeheartedly. It’s the standard my parents taught me and overall it’s served us well. My point actually was this: Medical care isn’t cheap but only one of those families is paying for it.

      2. WHY did you assume Carla’s uncle was not saving? She did not say they could not pay, only that his family was billed and another family NOT billed.

      3. I beg to differ with your analysis that we have the best healthcare in the world. We don’t really have healthcare at all; we have disease management!! High blood pressure – let’s just put you on meds for the rest of your life, oh and eventually add more meds due to side effects from original meds. Nevermind determining the source of the high blood pressure! And thus it pretty much goes for every disease due to “aging” it’s claimed. To really be healthy, you have to seek out a functional medical doctor, which normally isn’t covered by insurance at all. I refuse to play the pharmaceutical enrichment game! I may not have been able to save that kind of money, but I have enough saved to use functional doctors, and a biological dentist, I might add, who doesn’t use mercury! No one but me is in charge of my health! And yes, I’m 64, not on any Big Pharma meds, never will be, and plan to use a clinic in Mexico if I ever get cancer!

        1. You get what you pay for; the universal rule. By that standard alone, we have the greatest healthcare by orders of magnitude over most other countries.

        2. I agree with you on this. I started using Herbal and Holistic healing for myself and my son about 12 years ago. My son has issues even taking Tylenol or Advil when I he has a bit of pain or a fever, which is rare. I have to remind him, “These are medicines that have been used for many, many years. And yes, I could make something similar from herbs, I just don’t have time right this minute, so please just take these two Acetaminophen!!”🤪 Normally I would give him some Feverfew and Thyme. If he’s in pain I harvested Wild Lettuce last year that is Amazing!

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