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New US visa rule makes it easier to reject applicants for being poor

The United States Supreme court issued an order on Monday to temporarily allow a new visa rule that would deny certain visa applicants across the globe.


The rule requires immigration officials to assess factors including an applicant’s  assets, financial status, age, and health.


The 5-4 decision, made by the court’s conservative majority, means the rule is permitted to continue until a lower court makes a determination.


Under a separate administration move last week, pregnant women attempting to enter the country are now facing more scrutiny and could have their visas denied if immigration officers find they’re traveling to have a child on U.S. soil.


The long-anticipated rule, pushed by Trump’s leading anti-immigration aide Stephen Miller, takes effect in mid-October and would reject applicants for temporary or permanent visas for failing to meet income standards or for receiving public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.

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