Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) wants to block President Joe Biden from reopening welfare-dependent immigration to the United States after former President Trump enacted new rules to make it harder for welfare-dependent foreigners to obtain green cards.
In early 2020, the Trump administration finalized a federal regulation known as the “public charge” rule, which reduces the chances of foreign nationals obtaining a green card to live permanently in the U.S. if they previously used food stamps, medical Subsidized, or taxpayer-funded housing programs.
Almost immediately after taking office, Biden overturned the finalized public charge rule put in place by the Trump administration, opening the country’s doors to welfare-dependent immigrants who would ultimately be footed by the American taxpayer.
Now, Marshall has introduced a congressional review bill to ensure that Biden is prevented from reopening the United States for welfare-dependent immigrants. Marshall said in a statement:
Granting citizenship to illegal aliens who depend on federal benefits is a burden that American taxpayers and our national debt cannot afford. …We need to go back to policies like this if our country is going to stop the invasion of our southern border that began when President Biden took office.
RJ Hauman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) praised the measure as necessary to protect American taxpayers:
A Biden administration may care less about the ultimate stakeholder in our immigration system — the American people. However, this does not only apply to borders that are surpassed. Not only does the public charge rule defeat the intent of Congress, it also erodes the integrity of the legal immigration system and imposes it on American taxpayers. We encourage Senator Marshall’s colleagues to follow his example and combat the Biden administration’s aggressive immigration policy agenda on every front. [Emphasis added]
When Trump first issued the public charge rule in 2019, polls found the policy wildly popular among Americans. About six in 10 Americans say they support an end to welfare-dependent legal immigration, including 56 percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of Black Americans.
In 2017, the National Academy of Sciences noted that state and local taxpayers pay about $1,600 per immigrant in benefits per year, and revealed that immigrant families consume 33% more cash benefits than U.S. citizen families.
A similar study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that about 63 percent of noncitizen households use at least one form of public benefits, compared with about 35 percent of native-born American households. That means noncitizen households use nearly twice as much benefits as native-born American households.
Each year, the federal government rewards approximately 1.2 million green card holders for permanent residence in the United States, and an additional 1.4 million foreign nationals receive various temporary work visas to work in the United States.
This massive influx of legal immigrants is opposed by a majority of Republican voters, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who add to the U.S. population each year.
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