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Supreme Court to review Trump's 'public charge' immigration rule

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  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine the legality of one of former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration rules that bars immigrants deemed likely to require government benefits from obtaining legal permanent residency.
  • President-elect Joe Biden, who has criticized Trump's immigration approach, is widely expected to dump the so-called "public charge" rule.
A man walks past barbed wire and security fencing as it surrounds the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2021.
Al Drago | Reuters

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine the legality of one of former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration rules that bars immigrants deemed likely to require government benefits from obtaining legal permanent residency.

President-elect Joe Biden, who has criticized Trump's immigration approach, is widely expected to dump the so-called "public charge" rule.

The justices agreed to take up an appeal that the Trump administration had filed of a lower court ruling that found the rule likely violated federal immigration and administrative law by impermissibly expanding the definition of who counts as a "public charge" and greatly increasing the number of people who would be rejected for residency.