Trump’s Welfare Wall Turns Out to Be a Miller Immigrant Hating Wall
Okay, yesterday, with reservation, I cheered President Trump’s attempt at a Welfare Wall, but it now appears the rules set down include a lot of analysis by Department of Homeland Security agents as to who may become a public charge “in the future.”
I feared this when the news first broke of the Trump rule, that it would go beyond disincentivizing immigrants from taking government handouts and be a method by which the immigrant-haters would find as a
way to toss immigrants out of the country. And that is how the rule is apparently structured.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Start with DHS’s declaration that it will weigh the “totality of the alien’s circumstances” and that “no single factor alone, including the receipt of public benefits, is outcome determinative.” So immigration officers will apply the kind of holistic admission reviews that colleges now use—except adversity will be considered a negative…
Anyone who has been “approved to receive one or more public benefits for more than 12 months within any 36-month period” would receive an automatic negative strike. But most immigrants don’t qualify for most public benefits until they have lived in the country for at least five years. Thus DHS is directing immigration officers in the 837-page rule to project the likelihood that immigrants might someday become a “public charge” based on arbitrary levels of income, employment, education and English proficiency…
The rule looks like one more attempt by White House adviser Stephen Miller to make America a country of no more immigrants.
Thus, I must pull my support for the rule. It appears more to be a Miller Immigrant Hating Wall than a Welfare Wall.
I have already discussed the fallacies on which Miller bases his immigration hate: