In an effort to deter those seeking to come to the United States only to plunder it by using public services, the Trump administration Monday added a regulation to the Federal Register which will deny Green Cards to immigrants who use welfare benefits.
“[T]his rule includes a requirement that aliens seeking an extension of stay or change of status demonstrate that they have not, since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they seek to extend or change, received public benefits over the designated threshold, as defined in this rule,” the regulation said.
The rule is set to go into effect in 62 days, in mid-November. Though it will not work retroactively against immigrants who are already here and are seeking to obtain Green Cards, moving forward it should take away incentives for immigrants who are simply coming to America to obtain welfare benefits.
The White House issued a statement on the new regulation, and noted that 73 percent of all Americans believe that immigrants coming to the United States should be self-sufficient.
“The Trump Administration is releasing a final rule that will protect American taxpayers, preserve our social safety net for vulnerable Americans, and uphold the rule of law,” the White House said. “This action will help ensure that if aliens want to enter or remain in the United States they must support themselves, and not rely on public benefits.”
The press release also included some startling statistics, including the fact that more than half of all households (58 percent) “headed by a non-citizen” use at least one welfare program. Moreover, 78 percent of households “headed by a non-citizen with no more than a high school education” use at least one welfare program.
In the 1990’s, when the political left was sane and agreed that the United States could not remain a sovereign nation if her borders were left wide open, then-president Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.
Both of those laws were meant to ensure that non-citizens were self-sufficient before they were given permanent resident status, so they would not be a net drain on the American public.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act was “reauthorized in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005,” according to govtrack. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act still exists, too. Unfortunately, neither law has been particularly well-enforced.
The implementation of the new regulation by the Trump administration comes during a time of gridlock in Washington, D.C. on the subject of illegal immigration. The GOP establishment blocked the Trump administration from implementing any law that would significantly lower the vast amount of illegal border crossings when the Republican party controlled both the House and the Senate from early 2017 to early 2019.
The Democrats have moved in the complete opposite direction of securing America’s borders, with young, far-left Congresswomen like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Ilhan Omar (MN) calling for open borders and the abolishment of law enforcement agencies that help to secure the border, like U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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