The U.S. Supreme Court Friday rejected a long-shot offer by New York and two other states to suspend during the coronavirus pandemic a Trump administration immigration policy that denies authorized permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require authorities assistance in the future.
The court turned away New York’s request, which was joined by the states of Connecticut and Vermont as well as New York Metropolis, with none of the nine justices publicly dissenting.
The states contended that the regulation is hindering efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus “by deterring immigrants from accessing healthcare and public benefits that are vital tools for shielding the general public.”
The immigration rule has been criticized by immigrant rights advocates as a wealth check that would disproportionately keep out non-white immigrants. It’s a part of President Trump’s hardline immigration policies.
The court, in a brief order, stated nothing prevents the states from asking a federal district court judge to block the regulation based on the changing circumstances.
The justices further rejected a similar request made by Cook County, Illinois, in a separate case concerning only that state.
In January, before the spread of the coronavirus around the world, the court on a 5-4 vote allowed the policy to go into impact while litigation over its legality proceeds in lower courts.