Welcome to the USA, here’s your check

welcome-to-usaHeading off a fiscal cliff? You think?!

While not surprising, it’s infuriating to see the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services promoting government benefits (read: welfare) to new immigrants.

WelcometoUSA.gov  has a “Government Benefits” tab at the top of its website, and along with links to “all available federal benefit programs,” “Medicare,” “Medicaid” and “Food Stamps,” it says:

Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs. Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.

So the government goes right ahead and spoon-feeds all the information immigrants need to become dependent on financial assistance in their new country. Incredible. The Daily Caller reported how the website goes on to promote, among other things, “free public education” for children (hang on while I take a peek at my last tax bill). The article has this to say on a section from the guidebook for new immigrants:

Most hospitals are required by federal law to treat patients with a medical emergency even if the person cannot pay,” the guide tips. It goes on to advise that while “[y]ou or members of your family may be eligible for other federal benefits” it depends on “your immigration status, length of time in the U.S., and income.

Well, let’s not get hung up here. Obamacare will change everything.

Fortunately, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, is all over Homeland Security and its attempt to make new immigrants dependent on welfare.

“It is a long-held principle of immigration that those seeking a life in America are expected to be able to care for themselves financially and contribute to the financial health of the nation,” Sessions said in a press release. “The Administration’s actions show this principle is no longer in effect. … DHS should remove any sections of its website, and any portions of its materials for new arrivals, that promote or encourage welfare reliance.”

Amen. And while at it, how about DHS promote “no such thing as a free lunch,” or “nothing in life is free”?

Janeen Capizola

"And though she be but little, she is fierce." And fun! This conservative-minded political junkie, mom of three, dancer and one-time NFL cheerleader holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science. [email protected] Twitter: @JaneenBPR


5 thoughts on “Welcome to the USA, here’s your check

  1. Jimmy says:

    I couldn't agree more. Whats with all this giveaway stuff. Romney was right about that. My family came here and worked hard for their family. Thats the way it always was and thats the way it should be today. I wish all the people who want to come here all the success in the world and I dont blame them for taking whats given to them or for that fact any americans who are receiving these free things however this is why we are broke today. Stop the free stuff and lets let everyone go back to being responsible for their existance here. Let them have pride in knowing they did it and not the government. I know this is a staple for the democrat votes but it should stop.

  2. Joe Budd says:

    Nice article Janeen. I was booed once at a tea party meeting for my stance on immigration. I think its unreasonable to think you can round everyone up and send them home. Many have deep roots and are productive members of the community (for years). Give one year for people to identify themselves to gain legal status and back of line for citizenship. But, I had a few tests… one of those was that they were not on any government assistance. Send us your poor and hungry but only if their willing to work. Identifying people has obvious benefits like taxes and knowing who they are and where they live.

    1. John JR says:

      This is a great article and we need to get all our Senators and Congess folks to join Senator Sessions. As a local business man I couldnt agree more wtih Joe Budd. There is a very simple solution: if they are here, working, on a payroll OTHER than US Govenment, then have them forfiet their SS and Taxes witheld for 2-3 years as a fine /payment to process and if they keep a clean record, no arrest, no welfare, no food stamps, a probation of 5 years….. they get citizenship. Once they learn English.

      It is a fact that there is a need for hard working ethical people to be here. As we educate our kids, who wants to wash dishes or wait tables, or make $10 / hr. We need entrance level labor to grow the economy… But no free lunches! Work you way to be the boss! I did!

  3. Rich says:

    Start right here in Florida. They have had translators telling illegals how to get benefits and work the system for quite some time. It is in the billions. It is upsetting that the governor cuts a 12 million dollar program for homeless Veterans but doles out billions for illegals. In my book Americans should be first for jobs or any programs. It might be too late to do anything about it. Neither party has the guts to address it. Both parties pander to illegals.

    Remember a couple of years ago when the illegals took over Tallahassee to protest everify? Not one was arrested even though they were here illegally and continue to break our laws. The biggest threat is not so much the financial impact but it is the vulnerability we have to drug cartels and terrorists disguised as illegals setting up shop in our cities and planning attacks. Don't you think it would be smart to know who is here in our country and why? I've been saying this for years. It is frustrating but it is what it is.

  4. Ada says:

    Yes, more free loaders not encouraged to apply. That being said. LET this be clear go deeper into it. This does not apply to any of the illegal or undocumented, now or ever. Even with immigration reform they WILL NOT be able to access this if they hope to in 12 years be citizens if that is if they can comply with all required by law to even apply to keep and stay performing all the jobs that our AMERICAN population, refuse to even try. WHY is is to easy to live on welfare on umemloument and they are even sometimes earning more if not the same as whey they worked. SO, Illegals (immigrants) are not the ones this is for. This article is no surprise is published as the talk of reform intensifies to freak out main stream Americans that fear that immigrants get benefits and take the jobs they deserve. The immigrants that would be eligible are the ones that did use the system to come in legally like most your relatives did in the 40's. The ones that are here and are educated and really taking jobs that Americans are for lack of better terms to lazy to do or that they do not qualify for because they dropped out of school, never went to college and feel that sense of entitlement. The Americans that work hard succeed, they study, the open businesses, they take advantage of all a free country has to offer. The American that sits on his or her ass and lives off the system is threaten by immigrants that are educated and even of the immigrants with no education that are here milking cows and picking fruits etc. Think about it… get informed. Really informed not this media crap. Do your own research. Do it before you run out screaming illegals get benefits, all illegals will be citizens, OMG we are screwed! It must be stopped! No such thing as a free ride for anyone. This world you live in can not survive much more without a reform in immigration and without a reform of the welfare system also. Ronald Reagan had the right idea. I may sound like I am just another pro immigrant American. I am not against our country. I am against those people who only want to take from our country and never give back and the million who are born into welfare generations will soon out number the hard working middle class and we will have an America of lazy asses that still feel superior to the immigrant who is working his ass off so you can eat and drink fresh foods, so you can have nannies for your kids, so you can have clean rooms when you vacation, so you can at dinner parties say my housekeeper MARIA is the best, no idea what I would do without her, then later say, they are taking our jobs and benefits in the same sentence. Pathetic, The American I was born in.. we studied, worked and had the right to be business owners or attain careers. We did not say, the government owes me food, shelter and heat and electric. We helped out neighbors and looked after each other. So, check yourselves before you open your mouths and show your ignorance, we all ready of a reputation of being stupid to all other countries. WHY? well this is why.

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