Federal officials working at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency have stated that they’re now “actively working” to enforce President Trump’s recent memorandum which seeks to limit welfare-dependent legal immigration into the country.
In a memo released last week by the Acting Director of USCIS Ken Cuccinelli, he wrote that his staff would “develop and implement guidance” on the president’s memorandum signed in May which requires sponsors of legal immigrants to reimburse the American taxpayer for welfare benefits.
The signing of this order by President Trump will enforce already existing legislation that was signed into law in 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton known as the “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” and “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act”.
“We continue to advance the President’s directive to enforce the public charge ground of inadmissibility, which seeks to ensure that immigrants are self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of their families, their sponsors, and private organizations rather than public resources, “ Ken Cuccinelli wrote.
The primary function of the order demands that a family member or financial backer of a legal immigrant who’s seeking permanent residence in the United States has the responsibility to repay any and all welfare costs incurred by the American taxpayer as a result of the immigrant.
For instance, if an immigrant holding a green card has used $25,000 in Section 8 housing benefits while living in the U.S. when a family member sponsors their visa, that family member will be informed of the legal immigrant’s welfare costs to American taxpayers and be required to pay the amount back.
In the case that the sponsor the legal immigrant fails to pay back the welfare costs, the money will be taken out of the sponsor’s taxes for that year by the Treasury Offset Program.
Federal officials implementation and enforcement of this order would start in September.
The secondary function of the order seeks to ensure that the income of a sponsor to a legal immigrant is considered when the state decides to provide a legal immigrant with federal welfare funds or not.
As of today, only the income of the legal immigrant alone is taken into consideration by federal agencies when the foreign national is applying for welfare benefits. Under the 1996 legislation put originally put forth by the Clinton administration, the Trump administration will make sure that the income of the legal immigrant and their sponsor are examined before the government decides on whether or not it’s going to dispense welfare benefits.
The same order also looks to bar illegal immigrants from taking public welfare benefits on the American taxpayers’ dime.
Controls on legal immigration that would impede foreign nationals who’re welfare dependent from permanently staying in the country would be a blessing for U.S. taxpayers in the form of a yearly $57.4 billion tax cut. $57.4 billion is precisely the amount taxpayers spend each year on welfare costs, crime, and the education costs associated with the mass importation of 1.2 million new legal immigrants.
Last fall, a study carried out by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found that foreign nationals who’ve entered into the U.S. use about 57 percent more food stamps than the average native-born American household. The same study also found that immigrant households use 44 percent more in Medicaid dollars than American citizen households and 33 percent more cash welfare.