In an effort to ensure that immigration serves America’s interests, rather than being a detriment, the Trump administration announced a new rule that would enforce an existing policy, which may deny green cards for immigrants who use public benefits.
As expected, the Democrat Party and their media allies, who use immigration as a wedge issue to stir anger in voters, are having a fit.
Acting Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli said on Monday in a press conference that consideration for green cards and residency in the United States will now be determined based on a person’s potential to be either self-sufficient or a “public charge,” which Cuccinelli described as “an individual who receives one or more public benefits.”
White House announces plan to ensure immigrants are more ‘self sufficient,’ less reliant on taxpayers https://t.co/f53E0kf3Yt
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 12, 2019
“Public charge is now defined in a way that ensures the law is meaningfully enforced,” he said.
Cuccinelli added, “President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility.”
Although the U.S. is granting legal citizenship at a clip of 1 million annually, you can almost hear the stampede by open border advocates rushing the courts to file a legal protest.
The Associated Press wasted no time reporting that “low-income immigrants who are not citizens” use less public assistance than low-income native born Americans, though the analysis confirms that the immigrants do receive some taxpayer-funded benefits.
"According to an Associated Press analysis of census data, low-income immigrants who are not citizens use Medicaid, food aid, cash assistance and Supplemental Security Income, or SSI, at a lower rate than comparable low-income native-born adults."https://t.co/mq5IBNuAwP
— Jill Colvin (@colvinj) August 12, 2019
Leading the “Trump is a racist” charge was U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) with the presidential candidate telling CNN the effort is part of an “ongoing campaign of his to vilify a whole group of people.”
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris says President Trump's regulation that could make it easier to cut green cards and visa applications is an ongoing campaign to vilify a whole group of people. https://t.co/ryG6hZxbD7 pic.twitter.com/TFzPrxyraW
— CNN (@CNN) August 12, 2019
Beto O’Rourke, desperate to pump life into his dismal presidential campaign, was also quick to respond, attacking President Trump.
“Legal. Undocumented. Refugee. Asylum Seeker. The distinctions don’t matter to President Trump. If you’re an immigrant, he believes you have no place in this country — even though, for 243 years, immigrants have made America the greatest nation the world has ever known,” he tweeted.
Legal. Undocumented. Refugee. Asylum Seeker. The distinctions don’t matter to President Trump. If you’re an immigrant, he believes you have no place in this country—even though, for 243 years, immigrants have made America the greatest nation the world has ever known. https://t.co/k3eiud9vT2
— Beto O’Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 12, 2019
Leave it to an Obama disciple, Andy Slavitt, the former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to say Trump hates poor people. And children.
“BREAKING: per new Trump regulation, immigrants must now choose between benefits they’re entitled to and a chance for a green card. Behind Trump, the people who hate the poor, and will make them choose between food and medicine today or their kids’ future, are in charge,” Slavitt tweeted.
BREAKING: per new Trump regulation, immigrants must now choose between benefits they’re entitled to and a chance for a green card.
Behind Trump, the people who hate the poor, and will make them choose between food and medicine today or their kids’ future, are in charge. https://t.co/xbUrJcKpar
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) August 12, 2019
The announcement also serves as fodder for the left’s anti-corporate class warfare narrative:
A person with an annual income of $50k pays:
$36/year to subsidize food stamps.
$907/year to subsidize corporate loopholes.
It's not about "taking care of our own."
It's about pitting the lower & middle class against each other as we all pay corporate welfare.#PublicCharge
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) August 12, 2019
Suffice it to say, the reaction on the right is far different — but then, that’s where the rule of law calls home. As some on social media said, isn’t this the way immigration was always intended to work?
With a population of 320 million, and allowing nearly one million new citizens every year, have we not earned the right to ensure that immigration works for America?
That’s a good start. But no immigrant should have any access to public benefits until they have paid into them for awhile.
— Eric W (@AgnosticRep) August 12, 2019
Isn’t that how immigration works on paper anyhow? Legally I mean. They need a sponsor, and that sponsor is financially responsible for them.
— DiGriz (@TheDigriz) August 12, 2019
Weren’t immigrants required to have sponsors who took responsibility for the immigrants financial needs and helped them assimilate? Whatever happened to that?
— Christine E (@ChristineMarieB) August 12, 2019
Trump Admin boosts ability to deny green cards to immigrants deemed likely to rely on government aid.
Finally some common sense!
— ACTforAmerica (@ACTforAmerica) August 12, 2019
.@realDonaldTrump HIKES GREEN CARD DENIALS to immigrants using welfare programs!
This is @POTUS’ Promises Made, Promises Kept to see our immigration laws work for America!
— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) August 12, 2019
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