Via Economic Policy Journal

Welfare wall?

Long-term readers know that I am no fan of President Trump’s immigration and economic policies in general.

It appears he has a hate for immigrants, in particular, non-caucasian immigrants.

My view has always been, if they enter the country and can fend for themselves in any way, then they are none of my business

At the same time, I have always objected to the government getting involved with immigrants. Thus, I have called for a “welfare wall,” which prevents immigrants from receiving government welfare, schooling, food stamps, healthcare and housing support. I am always for shrinking the state.

President Trump appears to be putting something of a “welfare wall” up that would disincentivize immigrants from using these services and I support him in this effort. It is a shrinking of the state.

“Trump on Monday broadened his assault on the nation’s immigration system, by issuing a new rule targeting legal immigrants who want to remain in the United States,” reports The New York Times.

The new regulation is aimed at hundreds of thousands of immigrants who enter the country legally every year and then apply to become permanent residents. Starting in October, the government’s decision will be based on an aggressive wealth test to determine whether those immigrants have the means to support themselves.

Poor immigrants will be denied permanent legal status, also known as a green card, if they are deemed likely to use government benefit programs such as food stamps and subsidized housing.

I wouldn’t have a wealth test for immigrants, I would simply shut government services down for immigrants (outside of services that can’t be shutdown without a complete overhaul of the system, such as road use) but it appears close enough to a “welfare wall” that I can support it. I do however reserve the right to pull my support, if there are indications at a later point that the regulation goes well beyond just a welfare wall and is designed to simply push immigrants out of the country.

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