President Joe Biden’s United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has officially reopened legal immigration to foreign nationals with a history of using US taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.
In early 2020, the Trump administration finalized a federal regulation known as the “public charge” rule that made it less likely for foreign nationals to obtain green cards to reside permanently in the United States if they had previously used welfare programs like 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 legal welfare-dependent immigration to the United States, for which American taxpayers will ultimately pay the price. invoice.
Late last week, USCIS began enforcing Biden’s public charge rule which specifies that foreign nationals with a history of welfare dependency will not be excluded from applying for green cards to permanently resettle in the United States.
“[Department of Homeland Security] will not consider receipt of non-monetary benefits (e.g. the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, public housing, school lunch programs, etc.) other than long-term institutionalization at government expense,” says the agency.
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.
The latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows that Americans, by an overwhelming 69%, want to reduce legal immigration levels. That includes a plurality of Americans, 36%, who want legal immigration levels cut by at least half.