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  • Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

    Crackdown on immigrants who use public benefits takes effect

    Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and Medicaid.

    H/T: AP NEWS

    The new rules were implemented Monday, according to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security. 

    “Under the final rule, DHS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien’s age, health, family status, assets, resources, and financial status, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. The rule now applies nationwide, including in Illinois,” the release said.

    Acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli weighed in on the new rule in an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday. Watch below.

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent of the Supreme Court's ruling in Wolf v. Cook County, in which a 5-4 majority upheld the right of the federal government to restrict immigration from those that would become “public charges” — individuals that are a financial liability for taxpayers.

    “Claiming one emergency after another, the Government has recently sought stays in an unprecedented number of cases, demanding immediate attention and consuming limited Court resources in each,” she wrote. “And with each successive application, of course, its cries of urgency ring increasingly hollow. Indeed, its behavior relating to the public-charge rule in particular shows how much its own definition of irreparable harm has shifted.”

    Sen. Tom Cotton lambasted Justice Sotomayor on Breitbart News Sunday, saying “I’ve read her dissent, and this is a classic example of the president’s critics and opponents projecting onto him exactly what they and the other critics are doing.” Listen to the full interview below. Sen. Cotton's remarks on Sotomayor begin around the 9-minute mark.

    President Trump tweeted his reaction from India Monday after an segment on the Ingraham Angle covering the controversial Sotomayor opinion aired. “This is a terrible thing to say. Trying to ‘shame’ some into voting [Sotomayor's] way? She never criticized Justice Ginsberg when she called me a ‘faker.’ Both should recuse themselves ... on all Trump, or Trump related, matters!”

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