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US top court sides with Trump on immigrant welfare benefits

AFP
Washington
The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to proceed with a rule that aims to deny permanent residency and citizenship to immigrants who claim welfare benefits.
The top chamber’s five conservative justices outvoted their four progressive colleagues to support a request by President Donald Trump to lift a New York court injunction that had blocked the rule’s application.
Trump has made clamping down on immigrants a cornerstone of his presidency, and ruling is the latest by the Supreme Court in favour of his migrant-related policies.
The White House lauded the ruling, calling it a “massive win for American taxpayers, American workers, and the American Constitution” in a statement.
Under the changes, the 22 million non-citizen residents of the United States using food stamps, public healthcare and other welfare will not be able to obtain green cards or US citizenship, according to the White House.