The Supreme Court has issued an order allowing the Trump administration to enforce new limits on immigrants who they deem likely to become overly dependent on government benefit programs.
The court voted 5-4.
The Department of Homeland Security announced in August that it would expand the definition of "public charge" to be applied to people whose immigration to the United States.
The White House called the court's order a "massive win for American taxpayers, American workers and the American Constitution. This decision allows the government to implement regulations effectuating longstanding federal law that newcomers to this country must be financially self-sufficient."
The court's conservatives, including President Trump's appointees, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, agreed to allow officials to enforce the policy. Four liberal justices—Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan—dissented, saying that they would have ruled against the Trump administration's request.
The policy has been slammed by many as a "wealth test," criticizing the administration for making it near impossible for poor immigrants to migrate to the United States.
"If you listen to Trump talking about how he wants a points-based immigration system and wants people who are wealthier, better educated, higher skilled and not from countries he's spoken of in derogatory, profane language — this is it. This is the policy that aims to do that, without Congress approving it whatsoever," said Doug Rand per NBC. Rand is a former White House official under President Obama, who co-founded Boundless, a company to help immigrants navigate the U.S. immigration system.
"It's a way to screen out people, not just from developing countries, but from any country, that the government has decided aren't wealthy enough, aren't healthy enough and don't speak English well enough," Rand added.