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End of the road for public charge rule

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court backed away Wednesday from ruling on a Trump-era immigration policy known as the public charge rule, which made the path to permanent U.S. residency impossible for immigrants considered at risk of becoming dependent on government assistance.

The Supreme Court dismissed its writ of certiorari Wednesday as improvidently granted — the second time the justices cleaved litigation over the public charge rule from its docket. The first time occurred last year after the Biden administration said it would not defend the rule.

At oral arguments in February, the justices appeared critical of how the Biden administration abandoned the Trump-era policy but also in agreement that the White House is not tied to the policies adopted by prior administrations. 

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