This week, President Trump announced that he is taking steps to develop legislation to ban immigrants from use of public assistance within 5 years of entering the United States.
Trump promised to shake things up, and this is on issue that many Americans have been hoping he would address. Though there are already laws in place that would seem to prevent illegal immigrants from gaining access to public assistance, there are too many loopholes that make it possible.
President Trump’s plan will add to the existing Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which places limits on immigrants’ abilities to access many of the existing public assistance programs. Trump also hopes to add a caveat that would prevent immigrants from entering the country if they have too much potential to become “public charges,” or immigrants that don’t have skills that would prevent them from needing public assistance.
Currently, federal authorities have the right to deport any immigrants who access public assistance within five years of coming to the United States, but “public assistance” does not cover all existing programs. A 2015 report by the Center for Immigration Studies demonstrates that 51 percent of all welfare recipients are immigrants, while only 30 percent are citizens. On top of that, children born into homes that live on public assistance are three times more likely to need it as adults. Trump’s legislation looks to add more programs to the list of those that are currently inaccessible to immigrants who have been here less than five years.
Naturally, the liberals will start screaming about starving children, without realizing that the U.S. already has enough “starving children” to take care of without bringing more in and even multiplying their numbers as illegal immigrants give birth in order to use the child’s rights of naturalization as a means by which to stay in the country and receive public assistance.
This isn’t rocket science. Brought down to a smaller scale, would you tolerate a housemate that not only drained your budget on their own, but also kept adding to that drain? Helping out someone in your own home who has fallen on hard times through medical issues, job loss or circumstances beyond their control is one thing. Inviting someone in, knowing that they have less than nothing to offer but another burden to your house is an entirely other thing, especially if they plan to keep adding to that burden by having more children you won’t be able to resist turning away.
The legislation isn’t designed to starve anyone. It’s designed to raise the bar for personal responsibility and the obligation of an adult to offer something productive to the society they live on.