The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) newest proposal in collaboration with the Trump administration aims to limit immigrants from taking advantage of the public welfare system.
Though sparring to some, the proposal pairs well with the Commerce Department’s recent announcement of an additional “citizenship question” to be included on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census.
More specifically, changes the DHS is proposing would allow caseworkers working in immigration a much broader range of factors to select from when assessing whether someone is “likely to be dependent on public assistance.” The proposition highlights:
“Aliens who are seeking adjustment of status or an immigrant visa, or who are applicants for admission, must all establish that they are not likely at any time to become a public charge.”
“Moreover, DHS will require aliens seeking an extension of stay or change of status demonstrate that they are not using or receiving, nor likely to use or receive, public benefits.”
Such a ruling would essentially remove the regulations the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) published nearly 20 years ago on May 26, 1999.
Per the 2016 American Community Survey, 13 million non-citizens were living in states, including Washington D.C., won by the Clinton party during the presidential race. Compare that to the 9.5 million non-citizens living in states which supported President Trump, a clear consensus on why states like California and New York would vote left makes complete sense.
In other words, “58% of non-citizens live in Clinton states and 42% live in Trump states.”
These votes add up. And considering the top five states with the highest immigrant populations: California, Texas, Nevada, New York and New Jersey, Clinton won the support of all five states except for Texas. With non-citizens making up 10-14% of each said state, this shouldn’t surprise anyone.
America is the land of the free and prosperous, but the nation’s own citizens deserve to be honored favorably. Both the DHS and Commerce Department’s pieces should aid in restructuring that current imbalance.
Caleb Fernandez, writer at The Daily Lev.