The Trump Administration plans to take a major step toward stopping immigrants from coming to the United States and siphoning off taxpayer dollars.
In a move that would enforce federal regulations that are designed to prevent people from other countries coming to the U.S. and leaching off welfare and other tax-funded safety nets, Pres. Donald J. Trump is expected to issue more defined immigration guidance. While the fake news media has already begun decrying the president’s actions as creating new, harsh anti-immigrant laws, nothing could be further from the truth.
Federal law already stipulates that “any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.”
The previous administration failed miserably to enforce this, and numerous other laws designed to protect hardworking Americans from paying for welfare-seeking foreigners. The federal statutes give the executive branch broad discretion to consider a wide range of factors that would lead the government to believe an alien was seeking to take advantage of everyday Americans. The federal laws allow the administration to consider things such as age, education, health, and other factors when deciding whether to accept or reject a visa and green card application.
The Obama Administration reportedly only closely considered whether a foreign-born applicant was already a charge of their respective government. But the law is designed to prevent American taxpayers from taking on welfare debts that “may” arise because they are the rightful duty of a person’s country of origin. Another slippery method used by previous administrations was to look only at cash public benefits.
The majority of welfare benefits today are not necessarily cash transactions. Food stamps, health insurance, housing and other forms of public assistance have been discounted as non-factors in too many cases. The Trump Administration estimates that upwards of 23 percent of immigrant non-citizens are receiving publicly-paid-for benefits outside the scope of cash. Only 2 percent take actual dollars. Regardless of the benefit, all programs are funded by taxes.
Considering that the U.S. is in the midst of an economic revival with record-low unemployment, it would be nothing short of a slap in the face to hardworking families to give their taxes to non-working, non-citizens. But this was a fundamental policy practice during the Obama years when getting people on the dole and telling them to vote Democrat was a vital tool. Even today, congressional Democrats continue to fight tooth and nail for open borders and sanctuary cities.
In 2017, 41 percent of immigrants in California received some form of public assistance. The city of Los Angeles reportedly handed out more than $1.3 billion in taxpayer benefits to illegal immigrants from 2015-2016.
The Trump Administration recognizes the shell game immigrants are playing to secure benefits that are not earned through work. That’s why the White House plans to define guidelines that go further than the amount in question making someone a “primarily dependent.” This was never the intent or the letter of laws designed to make American tax dollars unavailable to visa and green card holders.
“Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen reportedly said. “This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers.”
The DHS indicates that closing these loopholes will reportedly save taxpayers $2.7 billion annually and would impact 380,000 non-citizen welfare recipients.
According to research conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in 2017, first-generation immigrants cost U.S. taxpayers upwards of $57.4 billion annually.
While immigration advocates claim the foreign-born individuals bring significant benefits despite costing Americans billions, the president continues to push for immigration reform that would prioritize visa and green card application for those who bring vital skills to the U.S. The booming economy reportedly has more than 6 million unfilled positions that require specific skills sets and training.
~ Freedom News Report