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OpinionTrump’s Commonsense Rule on Immigrant Welfare Use

18:01  13 august  2019
18:01  13 august  2019 Source:   nationalreview.com

Trump’s Immigrant-Welfare Rule Is Bad Policy, But Clever Politics

Trump’s Immigrant-Welfare Rule Is Bad Policy, But Clever Politics The Trump administration has moved to block new immigrants who need welfare

President Trump is set to save American taxpayers billions of dollars as his administration announces a new rule on Monday that will essentially ban welfare -dependent legal immigrants from This means that noncitizen households use nearly twice as much welfare as native-born American households.

Washington — The Trump administration rolled out a key item in its hardline immigration agenda that had been months in the making, issuing a sweeping rule on Monday that targets legal immigrants who use welfare benefits like food stamps and government-subsidized housing.

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Trump’s Commonsense Rule on Immigrant Welfare Use© Mario Anzuoni/Reuters Naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2013.

The newly finalized rule about immigrant welfare use is 837 pages long, but it boils down to two things: Foreigners who can’t pay their bills shouldn’t be allowed to move here, and “welfare” doesn’t just mean cash benefits.

As to the first: The first comprehensive immigration law at the federal level was the 1882 Immigration Act, which, among other things, excluded anyone who was “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” That principle — the “public-charge doctrine,” as it’s called — has been included in all subsequent immigration legislation, including the 1996 immigration and welfare-reform laws.

Trump rule targeting poor immigrants could harm children, health: advocates

Trump rule targeting poor immigrants could harm children, health: advocates Trump rule targeting poor immigrants could harm children, health: advocates

The rule would note if immigrants receive federal, state, and local welfare programs, including food stamps, some forms of Medicaid, and subsidized housing. “President Trump ’ s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility,” Cuccinelli said.

Trump administration officials announced new rules that aim to deny permanent residency to migrants who may need to use food stamps, Medicaid and other "Through the public charge rule , President Trump ' s administration is re-enforcing the ideal of self sufficiency and personal responsibility

But the exclusion of “public charges” didn’t start in the 19th century, but well before that, when immigration law was handled by the states. In fact, preventing the immigration of people who couldn’t support themselves was the subject of the very first immigration law ever passed in the colonies, in Massachusetts Bay in 1645. It’s not too much to say that the public-charge doctrine is the founding principle of American immigration policy. So those arguing for the admission of foreigners (other than refugees) who can’t earn enough to feed their own children without taxpayer subsidies are arguing for a radical break with 400 years of practice.

The second point involves a more recent issue. In 1996 Congress passed welfare-reform and immigration laws that sought to put more teeth in the existing public-charge rules. These measures had no lasting impact on the share of immigrants using welfare; within five years, the rate of immigration welfare use was right back where it had been before the changes. Today, some 63 percent of households headed by non-citizens use at least one welfare program, including an astonishing 80 percent of non-citizen households with children.

Trump restrictions on legal immigration betray America’s immigrant heritage

Trump restrictions on legal immigration betray America’s immigrant heritage President Trump’s action this week to restrict legal immigration by people who might need public assistance in the future is a rejection of our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants and has the effect of erasing the beautiful and welcoming words on the Statue of Liberty. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore,” Lady Liberty beckons in a poem on the statue’s pedestal.

The Trump administration issued a rule on Aug. 12 that lets U. S . Citizenship and Immigration Services deny green cards to immigrants that would The rule means a services officer reviewing an application will look at the applicant’ s history of using welfare , such as food stamps, public housing

President Donald Trump made good on another campaign promise on Monday, announcing a new rule to reduce the number of welfare -dependent immigrants becoming United States citizens. “To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient

Early on, George Borjas identified two reasons for this: Some states used their own funds to cover newly ineligible immigrants, and many immigrants seemed to have naturalized to maintain access to benefits unavailable to non-citizens.

But a third reason may have been the Clinton administration’s dishonest definition of welfare. In order to minimize the impact of the Republican Congress’s 1996 changes, the Clinton administration issued guidance that barred consideration of anything other than cash benefits for purposes of determining self-sufficiency. In other words, an immigrant using food stamps, Medicaid, free school lunch, and public housing — but not cash benefits such as TANF or SSI — was to be considered self-supporting, and his welfare use would not affect his future green-card and visa applications.

Ending this Orwellian practice was long overdue. Officials will now also consider SNAP (food stamps), most Medicaid, Medicare Part D subsidies, Section 8 housing, and other programs. But, as Jason Richwine pointed out, there are still means-tested, taxpayer-funded welfare programs that are not covered by the new rule, such as free school lunch (and breakfast), WIC, the refundable portion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Additional Child Tax Credit.

13 states file lawsuit over Trump 'public charge' rule

13 states file lawsuit over Trump 'public charge' rule Thirteen states led by Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson (D) filed a lawsuit Wednesday over the Trump administration's new "public charge" rule.The states are suing the Department of Homeland Security over the new rule that expands the government's ability to deny entry or green cards for legal immigrants based on their use of public services like food stamps and Medicaid. The rule, announced Monday, is set to go into effect on Oct. 15. Wednesday's lawsuit, co-led by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, is the first to be filed by states against the rule and the second overall challenge since the government rolled out the rule.

The Corner. Immigration . Trump Administration Limits Welfare Use by Immigrants . Federal law gives the executive branch a lot of discretion to reject immigrants who are “likely at any time to become a public charge,” the idea of course being that immigrants should support themselves or leave, and

Trump demands legal immigrants reimburse the government for welfare programs. Trump signed a memorandum requiring the sponsors of legal immigrants to reimburse the government for any That includes "non-cash" benefits, such as use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known

But even if every possible poverty program were included, and the rule were enforced in the most stringent manner possible, you’re still going to end up with relatively high levels of immigrant welfare use so long as the federal immigration program selects people based mainly on family connections or random chance. This doesn’t mean a filter like the public-charge doctrine is useless, but its effectiveness is likely to be limited. In fact, as my colleague Steven Camarota wrote in these pages, recent cohorts of new immigrants have actually been getting more educated, but they haven’t been doing any better in terms of poverty, income, and welfare use.

Immigrants shouldn’t just use welfare less than the native-born — ideally, they shouldn’t use it at all. Past attempts at building a wall around the welfare state have enjoyed only modest success at best, and I don’t expect this latest effort to be an exception. The only way to truly fix this is much lower overall numbers and much higher standards.

Advocates already see fallout from immigration rule change.
CHICAGO (AP) — Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, as well as food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Some advocates say they're already seeing the fallout even before the complex 837-page rule takes effect in October.

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