The Supreme Court handed President Trump another big win on immigration in a late-night decision. The liberal judges were furious with the conservative block – elections have consequences.
“Today’s decision follows a now-familiar pattern,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said in her dissenting opinion trashing the conservative justices.
“The Government seeks emergency relief from this Court, asking it to grant a stay where two lower courts have not. The Government insists—even though a review in a court of appeals is imminent—that it will suffer irreparable harm if this Court does not grant a stay. And the Court yields,” she said.
“But this application is perhaps even more concerning than past ones,” she said adding the “professed urgency because of the form of relief granted in the prior case—a nationwide injunction.”
“Claiming one emergency after another, the government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited court resources in each,” she said. “And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow.”
The Hill reported that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trum’s administration on Friday night in a case that contested the president’s “public charge” rule, which critics have called a “wealth test” for legal immigrants.
The policy in question, the Immigration and Nationality Act, would make it harder for immigrants who are “likely at any time to become a public charge” to obtain green cards. The policy discourages legal immigrants in the process of obtaining permanent legal status or citizenship from using public assistance, including Medicaid, housing vouchers and food stamps.
The case heard by the court, Wolf v. Cook County, sought to reject the policy’s effect in Illinois. The district court filed a preliminary injunction, which temporarily halted the policy in the state and sent the case to the Supreme Court. On Friday, the five conservative justices ruled in favor of the stay, while the liberal justices opposed it.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in January to lift a nationwide injunction imposed by a federal judge in New York while the case played out in appeals court. Few days ago, Solicitor General Noel Francisco sent a request asking the court to do the same for an injunction imposed by an Illinois district court.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama appointee, issued a dissenting opinion in Friday’s ruling, accusing the court of having a tendency to rule in favor of the administration without critically examining the cases.