The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit lifted preliminary injunctions against some of the Trump administration’s restrictions against immigrants in need of public benefits Thursday.
The Trump administration implemented a “public charge” rule against immigrants in need of government assistance, such as Medicaid or food stamps. Judges Jay Byebee and Sandra Ikuta stated that the executive branch had discretion to implement a procedure such as this, because they are entitled to interpret a “public charge” for the country’s future. The Department of Human Services will implement this procedure, and according to the court, they are entitled to do so.
The court stated, “We as a nation are engaged in titanic struggles over the future of immigration in the United States. These are difficult conversations.” Justice John Owens, dissented, stating that the court should have taken more time to review the case.