Washington (CNN)A 5-4 Supreme Court is allowing a rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain legal status if they use public benefits like food stamps and housing vouchers to go into effect in every state.
Last month, a 5-4 court greenlighted the so-called “public charge” rule across the country except for Illinois, because the state was governed by a separate judicial order. Now, while litigation continues, the rule will be in effect nationwide. US Citizenship and Immigration Services says it will implement the rule on Monday.
The court’s move is a win for the Trump administration. Solicitor General Noel Francisco had argued in part that the rule, unveiled last August, is necessary because “the availability of public benefits should not be an incentive for immigration to the United States.”
The public charge rule made national headlines last summer