Under the guise of compassion and anti-racism, the left has aggressively encouraged immigrants to take part in all of America’s glorious social programs. Expectedly, this mass welfare enrollment has not only plunged the country further into debt but promoted the dependency upon already burdened taxpayers, damaging our economy and empowering our government.
However, since President Donald Trump took office, his policies have redirected power back to the state, thereby decreasing federal government overreach. Despite the fact that this has not only fortified the employment rate but also bolstered the economy, liberals are still decrying Trump’s policies as racist. Unfortunately for them, it’s their hyperbolic rhetoric over these pro-American positions that will win him the White House in 2020.
According to Politico, at least 18 states have already reported up to a 20-percent drop in enrollment in government assistance programs as immigrants become more concerned that being dependent upon taxpayer-funded welfare will make it more difficult for them to obtain legal status or U.S. citizenship. In a nationwide economic trend, immigrants, both illegal and legal, are choosing to refrain from applying for benefits from programs like WIC because of the Trump administration’s recent policy, which would make it harder for them to remain in the country if they live on welfare.
The Blaze reports that this new policy could bar immigrants from earning citizenship or a green card in the future if they currently take advantage of welfare programs,prompting those who wish to remain in the country to become independent contributors to society.
Agencies in 18 states told Politico that they have encountered a massive spike in immigrants opting out of government welfare, which they directly attribute to the Trump administration’s impending policy change.
Since Trump took office, there has been a decrease from 7.4 million women and children enrolled in the WIC program to just 6.8 million current enrollees. Incredibly, nearly 1 million individuals asked to be removed from the program around the same time the news spread concerning Trump’s new policy.
According to the Trump administration, the change is not meant to change immigration law but simply enforce current legislation.
“The goal is not to reduce immigration or in some diabolical fashion shut the door on people, family-based immigration, anything like that,” said Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, at the National Press Club earlier this month.
Cissna said the rule the administration is working on is “rational and reasonable” and will go through the full and “proper” regulatory process.
In fact, a DHS official reiterated that this move is actually a long-standing policy that was “ignored” by past administrations, which subsequently created “a burden” for taxpayers.
“The administration works each day to better uphold and apply federal laws, and is always thoughtfully and carefully evaluating policy options — which in this case the public will have an opportunity to comment to fairness to the American workers and taxpayers,” the DHS official said. “Efforts to ensure our immigration processes comport with law is widely supported by the vast majority of the American electorate.”
The policy change was announced in January 2017, after Trump revised a draft that called for U.S. officials to tighten up restrictions on visas. According to the plan, the administration would require able-bodied immigrants living in the U.S. to enter the workforce and pay taxes. Those who were found to be capable of employment but instead consuming welfare over the last 5 years would be subject to deportation.
The administration would be seeking to “deny admission to any alien who is likely to become a public charge” and to develop standards for “determining whether an alien is deportable . . . for having become a public charge within five years of entry” — receiving a certain amount of public assistance, including food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid.
The average immigrant household collects $6,234 in welfare benefits each year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which is 41 percent more than the average American citizen collects annually. Additionally, over half of all immigrants are currently receiving welfare, while only 30 percent of American citizens collect benefits.
Of course, this isn’t the first measure Trump has taken in an effort to make those living in America less dependent on the government. In January 2018, the Trump administration announced that it would introduce a new regulation that would require drug testing for recipients of unemployment benefits. One stipulation for collecting unemployment outlined in the proposal is that recipients must prove they are “job-ready from day one.”
Weeks later, the Trump administration revealed an additional requirement. In the 2018 Farm Bill, millions of able-bodied welfare recipients would be directed to enroll in training programs in order to make them “less dependent” upon the taxpayers and guarantee their “pathway to self-sufficiency.”
It is not racist or bigoted to demand that American citizens, who come from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and classes, come first. As for immigrants who respect our values, follow our laws, and positively contribute to our society, we welcome them with open arms.