Trump Saves Taxpayers Billions Again, Ends Welfare Incentive for Immigrants
President Trump is set to save American taxpayers billions of dollars as his administration announces a new “public-charge doctrine” rule on Monday that will essentially ban welfare-dependent legal immigrants from permanently resettling in the United States.
The newly finalized rule about immigrant welfare use is 837 pages long, but it breaks down to two basic things:
1.Foreigners who can’t pay their bills shouldn’t be allowed to move here.
2. “Welfare” doesn’t just mean cash benefits.
Full 837 page PDF here
The new regulation set to be published by the Trump administration will ensure that legal immigrants would be less likely to secure a permanent residency in the U.S. if they have previously used any forms of welfare, including using food stamps, public housing and subsidized healthcare services.
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.
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.
The regulation will help the American taxpayers, essentially an annual $57.4B tax cut since that's the amount taxpayers spend every year on paying for the welfare, crime, and schooling costs of the country’s mass importation of 1.5 million new, mostly low-skilled legal immigrants.
A recent Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) study notes that roughly 63% of non-citizen households in the U.S. use at least one form of taxpayer-funded welfare, as compared to only about 35 percent of native-born American households. This means that non-citizen households outpace native-born American households about 2 to 1.
According to a report released 2 years ago by The National Academies of Science, state and local American taxpayers are billed about $1,600 each year per immigrant to pay for their welfare, where immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash welfare than American citizen households.
Preventing Americans from being forced to pay for welfare for newly arrived legal immigrants is very popular among U.S. voters. A 2017 Rasmussen Reports poll revealed that more than 60% of voters would support a plan that bans legal immigrants from receiving welfare for at least the first five years of their residency in the U.S. Almost 70% of swing voters and nearly 60 percent of black Americans said they would support such a plan.
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