The guardianship of Indian immigrants in the United States is ‘shameful’
By DANIEL JONES SECTION: CORRESPONDENCE ; Pg. 4 LENGTH: 714 words A US law barring foreign nationals from receiving welfare benefits in the US is a violation of the Constitution and must be overturned by the Supreme Court.
The case is the first time a US Supreme Court decision has been brought on the issue, which has caused a major political debate in the country.
The law was passed in 2008, when President Barack Obama was in office.
The provision was intended to help immigrants from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan who were denied visas to the US because of their immigration status.
Under the legislation, if the immigrant is not in the U.S. within 30 days, they can receive some or all of their federal social security benefits.
The federal government will also provide them with financial aid for the first year of their stay.
Under the law, a person may be eligible for a non-immigrant welfare benefit only if they are not an American citizen, have been denied a visa, or are not a permanent resident of the United Sates.
The ruling came after a lawsuit filed by the Indian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which argued that the law was discriminatory.
In the ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the law “fundamentally misapprehends the purpose of the immigration law”.
“It denies Indian immigrants the right to access the full range of services and benefits that American citizens receive, including health care, education, housing, and other essential goods and services,” Sotomaya wrote.
She added that the federal government “did not create a policy or set the criteria for the determination of a person’s eligibility for the benefits”.
The ruling will come as a blow to the Obama administration, which was seeking to reverse a law passed by Congress in 2015 that made it easier for immigrants who came from India and Bangladesh to apply for asylum in the nation.