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U.S. Supreme Court rules against Republican defense for Trump-era immigration rule

The U.S. Supreme Court will not allow Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and other Republicans to defend a Trump-era immigration rule.

Brnovich had sued after President Joe Biden ended the rule denying green cards to certain groups of immigrants.

The rule was designed to deny green cards to those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Approval depended on the chance of someone possibly needing government benefits in the future.

At the time the rule was proposed, Gov. Doug Ducey criticized it, saying the country needed people in every economic class. 

A separate, but concurring, Supreme Court opinion, says while the high court’s decision determines Brnovich and the other state attorneys general have no legal right to challenge Biden’s actions, the court does not necessarily agree with how the president changed the rule. 

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.