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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

We here at Catholic Charities in Boston stand shoulder to shoulder with our partners at CCUSA. Please read their most recent statement on the January 27th Supreme Court Ruling: 

Catholic Charities USA Reacts with Extreme Disappointment to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on "Public Charge"

Alexandria, Va. (January 27, 2020) – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is extremely disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court’s unprecedented ruling in favor of the Administration’s revisions to the “public charge” rule, which harms families, targets lawful immigrants and could prevent families from receiving vital nutrition and housing assistance.

“We implore the Administration to reconsider this harsh and unnecessary policy and rescind it in its entirety,” said CCUSA’s President and CEO Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD.  “By allowing this harmful policy to go into effect, the Administration imposes a chilling effect on access to basic services, creating fear among eligible individuals threatening family unity and stability.  We will be judged on how we treat the hungry, the homeless and the stranger among us and this decision signals a watershed change of course from the best moments of our American heritage of welcoming immigrants and refugees.”

Please read the public charge policy background: 

The Supreme Court ruled on a nationwide injunction regarding the Trump administration’s "Public Charge" policy.  The Public Charge rule holds the potential for creating a chilling effect on eligible permanent resident applicants and families using a variety of social safety net programs.  Under the new policy, immigration officials can use increased scrutiny to deny legal immigrants green cards over their use of public benefits.

The ruling only lifts the last nationwide injunction on the public charge policy. Federal appeals courts in San Francisco and Richmond, Virginia, had previously overturned trial court rulings against the rules. An injunction in Illinois remains in effect but applies only to that state. Advocacy groups will continue to monitor policy implementation updates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) once that information is available.    

Court challenges to the public charge rule on its merits are ongoing and will decide whether the public charge rule itself is legal.  Yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling allows for the public charge policy to be implemented while the merits-based challenges are reviewed by the lower courts.  Partner organizations such as the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) remain hopeful that the law will ultimately be struck down.