Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) seeks to block President Joe Biden’s reopening of welfare-dependent immigration to the United States after former President Trump drafted new regulations to make it harder for foreign nationals on social assistance to obtain green cards.
In early 2020, the Trump administration finalized federal regulations known as the “public charge” rule that made it less likely for foreign nationals to obtain green cards to permanently reside in the United States if they had previously used social assistance programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, or taxpayer-funded housing programs.
Almost immediately after taking office, Biden rejected the finalized public charge rule imposed by the Trump administration, opening the door to welfare-dependent immigration to the United States, for which American taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill. .
Now, Marshall has introduced a Congressional Overhaul Act to ensure Biden’s reopening of welfare-dependent immigration to the United States is blocked. Marshall said in a statement:
Granting citizenship to illegal aliens who would depend on federal benefits is a burden that American taxpayers and our national debt cannot afford. … We must return to policies like this if our country is to have any hope of stopping the invasion on our southern border that began when President Biden took office.
RJ Hauman of the American Federation for Immigration Reform (FAIR) called the measure necessary to protect American taxpayers:
The Biden administration doesn’t care about the ultimate stakeholder in our immigration system: the American people. However, this does not only apply to a border that is crossed. The public charge rule not only defeats the intent of Congress, but it erodes the integrity of the legal immigration system and glues it to American taxpayers. We encourage Senator Marshall’s colleagues to follow his lead and fight the Biden administration’s radical immigration policy agenda on all fronts. [Emphasis added]
When Trump first issued the public charge rule in 2019, polls showed the policy was overwhelmingly popular with Americans. About 6 in 10 Americans said they support ending legal immigration on welfare, including 56% Hispanics and 71% Black Americans.
In 2017, the National Academies of Science noted that state and local taxpayers are charged approximately $1,600 per year per immigrant to pay for their welfare and found that immigrant households consume 33% more welfare in cash than US citizen households.
A similar study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that about 63% of non-citizen households use at least one form of public welfare, while only about 35% of native-born US households receive welfare. This means that non-citizen households use almost twice as much welfare as native-born American households.
Each year, the federal government rewards approximately 1.2 million foreign nationals with green cards to permanently resettle in the United States, while 1.4 million foreign nationals obtain various temporary work visas to take up American jobs.
This massive influx of legal immigrants, opposed by the majority of Republican voters, adds to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who are added to the American population each year.
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