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Trump Moves to Bar More Immigrants Who Receive Welfare

One top White House reporter, supposedly of the unbiased sort, actually asked USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli whether President Trump intended to to erase “Give me your tired, your poor,” from the Statue of Liberty.

You have to have been on welfare for a year before you have a problem. Seems like there has to be some limit on the amount of money you demand from U.S. taxpayers if you are going to get the gift of residing here.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The Trump administration in October will enlarge the pool of immigrants who can be barred from entry or denied visa renewals because of their reliance on U.S. government benefits, according to a rule change published in the Federal Register.

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services formally submitted the update to a 1999 rule on Monday. The rule further expands the definition of a “public charge,” a term the government uses to indicate a noncitizen has a history of receiving long-term financial or other assistance.

“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of our self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said during a press conference Monday morning.

Immigrants seeking to enter the United States for the first time as well as those seeking renewal of visas will be judged based on assistance they have accepted from the federal government for at least 12 months in any 36-month period, including cash benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, most forms of Medicaid, and some housing programs, according to the new rule. The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program and Medicaid were not previously part of the 20-year-old rule.

2 Responses to Trump Moves to Bar More Immigrants Who Receive Welfare

  1. Why should any immigrants receive Welfare? They are supposed to have sponsors who take economic responsibility for them — and if the sponsors can’t foot the bill for their support, the immigrant needs to go home immediately.

    Tough? Not really. The U.S. isn’t a buffet for anyone who can legally or illegally wrangle their way through the door.

  2. Traditionally, immigrants were not admitted without proof that would not become a “public charge”.

    Sometime around the end of the last century, that policy seems to have changed, and immigrants were allowed to receive welfare benefits immediately upon arrival.