Trump’s welfare ban on immigrants would save Americans $57 billion

Trump’s welfare ban on immigrants would save Americans $57 billion

[Ed. – Dems’ counter-proposal: Let’s instead help ourselves to more of the endless supply of wealth that lines rich Republicans’ pockets.]

President Trump is preparing to kick off a new plan to ban foreigners living in the U.S. who require government welfare from becoming permanent residents, a move that would save American taxpayers more than $57 billion annually.

According to a February report by Reuters, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) wants to know if foreigners living temporarily in the United States use public benefits — such as food assistance, subsidies for utility bills, or government funded child care. The agency would then consider their costs to Americans before granting them permanent residency.

The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a potential immigrant’s use of certain taxpayer-funded public benefits to determine if they could become a public burden.

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For example, U.S. officials could look at whether the applicant has enrolled a child in government pre-school programs or received subsidies for utility bills or health insurance premiums.

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