Supreme Court weighs whether Arizona can join lawsuit over Trump-era immigration rule

By John Fritze | USA Today

 Several conservative Supreme Court justices indicated Wednesday they may allow Arizona to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the way President Joe Biden ended a Trump-era policy intended to curb legal immigration.

President Donald Trump’s “public charge” rule, approved in 2019, denied green cards to immigrants if officials determine they may benefit from safety net programs, such as rental assistance or food stamps. The Biden administration decided last year it would no longer defend lawsuits that attempted to block the rule’s implementation. 

The substantive policy stated in rule wasn’t at issue Wednesday: The question for the high court is about how the Biden administration circumvented the usual requirements necessary to roll back another administration’s policy. A win for Arizona and the dozen other states that filed suit would allow litigation over the Trump rule to continue. 

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