America – The Land of The Free
Not the Land of the Handouts
Cristal M Clark
The Trump administration has announced new immigration policy changes and the announcement has left some accusing the administration of reinterpreting US history and an 1882 law to exclude poor immigrants.
Whenever I agree with something Trump and his administration do, I like to preface it with I am not a supporter of Donald J Trump. Overall, I think he is a complete embarrassment and a double black eye to America.
Today, Trump issued a new rule targeting legal immigrants who want to remain in the United States but whose lack of financial resources are judged likely to make them a burden on taxpayers. Which quite nicely hits the nail on the head.
Poor immigrants will be denied permanent legal status, also known as a green card, if they are deemed likely to use government benefit programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing. Wealthier immigrants, who are designated as less likely to require public assistance, will be able to obtain a green card.
The new regulation is aimed at hundreds of thousands of immigrants who enter the country legally every year and then apply to become permanent residents but who also drain the public assistance system.
Starting in October, the government’s decision will be based on an aggressive wealth test to determine whether those immigrants have the means to support themselves. Other countries do this, already in case you did not know.
I know a lot of people are upset at this new rule, the reality is that we can no longer afford to be the land of the free and also the land of the free handouts. So, what CNN as well as other mainstream media outlets are missing and not telling you, the immigrants that will be denied permanent legal status who come here and drain our public assistance systems, would still be allowed to obtain work visas to come and work for a limited amount of time, then they would have to return to their respective homeland, or have an employer sponsor the work visa for an extended amount of time.
Other countries do this in terms of immigration. I can’t hop on a bloody plane and head on over to Canada, live off of her system and tell them I am running from my oppressive, deranged, dangerous and insane ruler here in the U.S., maybe they’ve heard of him? But, I cannot support myself so they have to support me.
No, I have to obtain a work visa with an established employer in Canada, establish that I can support myself whilst in the country and abide by many other rules and regulations. So many countries handle immigration this way, why wouldn’t Trump consider this?
Some are accusing Trump and his administration of trying to Make America White Again, (not calling anyone out, CNN), that they fail to see the whole point. The Trump administration is simply attempting to accomplish something just about every other wealthy country in the world is already doing.
America cannot continue to take in or take on the world’s problems, we have our own and I agree, we cannot grant citizenship to those who cannot support themselves and who live off of our public assistance programs. That being said, we must also consider what happens when workers stop coming to America because they will no longer have the opportunity to become citizens? Will the administration take a look at the employers who take advantage of and exploit these low skilled, low paid foreign workers and start looking into why they are not paying them livable wages?
Maybe even do something about that too?
Overall, out of all of the policies Trump has tried to force with respects to immigration to the US, this one actually does make sense.
We have US born citizens living on our streets who have good paying jobs but who are unable to afford housing due to the rising costs of housing, food, fuel, and all of the other costs that go along with being a contributing working adult that we need to shift our focus and attention to.
Cristal M Clark