Trump Administration Changing Rules To Deny Green Card To Welfare Recipients
The Trump administration, in a move to clean up problems with people here illegally, has put in effect a halt of handing out a Green Card to people here illegally that are able to work but are on welfare rolls instead.
The move is not intended to affect most immigrants who have already been granted green cards, but advocates have said they fear that those with legal resident status will stop using public benefits to protect their status. The regulation, which the administration said would affect about 382,000 people a year, is the latest in a series of aggressive crackdowns by President Trump and his hard-line aides on legal and illegal immigration.
Federal law has always required those seeking green cards to prove they will not be a burden and has taken into consideration the acceptance of cash benefits. But the government has never before considered the use of other public benefits, like assistance for food.
Immigrants could be asked in limited cases to post cash bonds of at least $10,000 to avoid being denied green cards under the new regulation, which does not need congressional approval but must still go through a public review process before it becomes final. Officials said they expected the regulation to become final after being posted to the Federal Register in the coming weeks and undergoing the 60-day review period.
In a news release, the Department of Homeland Security said the new rule would “ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently can support themselves financially and will not be reliant on public benefits.”
The 447-page rule, titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” will not apply to families making less than 15 percent of the official poverty designation, officials said.
Needless to say, activist and pro-immigration groups are outraged, finding this unacceptable to them, “This is an attack on immigrant families and an attempt to make our immigration system a pay-to-play system where only the wealthy need apply,” said Jackie Vimo, a policy analyst with the National Immigration Law Center, a Washington-based group that defends low-income immigrants. “This is a radical transformation of our immigration, and does a runaround on Congress.”
For years this was the way that this system worked, the US did not hand out any benefits, if a family came over here, they had other families take them in, then they all pitched in togather until the family got on their feet, thus if another family came, they were expected to contribute. Now it is demanded of all of us that we have to do this, yet coming to this nation is a privilege, not a right, you come here, you should come the same way others had done for hundreds of years.
Immigration, both legal and illegal is costing our cities millions in health care losses due to emergency room visits, schooling that is paid for by taxpayers, and social services that are paid by the state. If you are going to come here you should contribute.
And before anyone says that I have no clue what it is like since I was born here, I am married to an immigrant who came here at 3 months of age, her father was sick, they were fleeing for their lives after aiding the US forces in Asia. They came here with nothing, contrary to the myth, they were not given tax-free status, nor a house, car or anything else like that. Their mother worked three and four jobs, supported the family because the father was sick from chemicals sprayed in that war by American forces, he eventually died, she continued to work this way, now that all the children are grown up she still does.
The system was never intended to bring people here that would use our system and drain our resources, they were to add to our society, make it richer by being part of it, not being cared for by it. It is time we get back to this, you want to come here, you should have something to contribute, otherwise, wait until you do.