Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor pulled off her mask of fake neutrality and went ballistic on her Republican colleagues on Friday.
The Supreme Court ruling in favor of the Trump administration in the case of Wolf v. Cook County, brought by the state of Illinois, pushed the liberal justices over the edge. It allowed the administration to enforce its “public charge” rule in the state.
The five conservative justices ruled in favor of the stay, while the liberal justices opposed it, leading Sotomayor to accuse the Republican-appointed justices of having a bias toward President Donald Trump.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new public charge rule in 2019 to block certain non-citizens from receiving non-cash benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), forms of Medicaid, and some forms of housing assistance.
It also expanded the criteria on which the government can deny green cards to non-citizens looking to enter the U.S. Refugees and asylum seekers, the only groups that should be considered on humanitarian grounds, are exempt from this policy.
Sotomayor seemed to be seething with animus as she wrote her dissent: “It is hard to say what is more troubling: that the Government would seek this extraordinary relief seemingly as a matter of course, or that the Court would grant it,” Sotomayor wrote. She railed against the Trump administration for its frequent requests to stay injunctions.
“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.”
Sotomayor claimed the Supreme Court was more accommodating to the Trump administration while denying stay applications for executions. She has not protested the unprecedented number of nationwide injunctions issued by courts to hinder and block the administration’s efforts to curb illegal border crossings and reign in abuse of federal resources by illegal immigrants and non-citizens.
These nationwide injunctions have become the preference of political activists posing as judges and Sotomayor seems to be one. During the eight years of the Obama administration, only 20 nationwide injunctions were issued while twice as many have been issued against the Trump administration.
Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote an opinion in January about the threat nationwide injunctions posed to separation of powers and the role of the courts under Article III of the U.S. Constitution.
“The real problem here is the increasingly common practice of trial courts ordering relief that transcends the cases before them,” Gorsuch wrote. “Whether framed as injunctions of ‘nationwide,’ ‘universal,’ or ‘cosmic’ scope, these orders share the same basic flaw—they direct how the defendant must act toward persons who are not parties to the case.”
Under Federal law officials have always been permitted to consider whether an applicant is likely to become a “public charge,” who is “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence” focusing mainly on cash benefits.
Sotomayor’s real problem is that she would like the federal government to continue bleeding red ink in order to give sustenance to people who enter the country primarily to dip into social welfare programs set up to assist law abiding, tax paying citizens. She seems to believe the United States citizen is ordained by God to feed the hungry from around the world under any circumstances.
All they need to do is cross the border and they should be automatically entitled to public handouts, even though they originate from countries that should be held responsible for the welfare of its citizens. Instead these countries outsource their poor to the United States with permission from judges like her.
The Trump administration is sending a clear message to non-citizens seeking to come to the United States to mooch off the public purse: think twice. Why would Sotomayor have such a big problem with this? It’s time for the U.S. to close down the world’s bread line.