Despite a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling, immigrants should not be intimidated into believing that they are prevented from using school nutritional programs and other social services, Alameda County Schools Superintendent Karen Monroe said.
The high court’s Jan. 27 ruling, a 5-4 decision, should not be seen as a bar to immigrants using these services, Monroe said in a news release issued the same day.
“Public education, including school nutrition programs, are exempt from the ‘public charge’ rule,” Dublin Unified School District Superintendent Dave Marken wrote in a post on the district’s website. “Families should not fear sending their children to school or having them receive meals or other services while at school.”
The “public charge” addresses the heart of a dispute that was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court. Immigration officials can reject a person seeking entry into the country if they declare that person as someone who needs public support in order to function.
The Supreme Court was asked to decide if the Trump Administration could strengthen the means test used to determine whether an immigrant was allowed entry into the U.S. The existing test dates back to the Clinton Administration and has a lower bar to entry.
The court’s five conservative justices sided with the administration’s argument, and the four liberals ruled against it. No reason was given for the decision, because that is customary in emergency rulings, said the Wall Street Journal, which reported the story.