Court upholds exclusion of Puerto Ricans from benefits package | app

WASHINGTON (AP) β€” The Supreme Court has upheld the differential treatment of Puerto Rican residents, ruling that Congress was within its power to exclude them from a benefits package available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The court ruled Thursday by an 8-1 vote that disqualifying Puerto Ricans from the Supplemental Security Income program, which provides benefits to elderly, disabled and blind Americans, does not unconstitutionally discriminate against them.

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