Anyone sponsoring an immigrant who collects welfare benefits before becoming a legal permanent resident could be on the hook for the bill. That's according to a new presidential memorandum set to be released on Thursday by the White House.
President Trump will sign the memorandum for directing federal agencies to ensure that any individual sponsorship of non-citizen receives.
The move is meant to promote self-sufficiency for noncitizens and preserve the social safety net for people living legally in the country, a senior administration aid RealClearPolitics.
the foundational principle of US immigration law: that which is to join our society must support themselves financially. Furthermore, those who, for whatever reason, cannot support themselves financially, must turn to their sponsor ̵
Meanwhile, Trump is again turning to his base and preparing to make immigration a central theme of his reelection campaign. To a candidate, Democrats with presidential aspirations have had their toughening of immigration policies as a racist.
That was the reaction last week when the White House released a broad immigration plan engineered, and pushed, in large part by the president's son -law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner. It was a non-starter, however, from the moment it was announced – which Trump as much as admitted to the Rose Garden unveiling.
Still, "we are presenting a clear contrast," he told reporters. "Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and, frankly, lawless chaos."
But this new step does not require action on Capitol Hill where Democrats control the House.
According to two different sources, Trump will march the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, both enacted in 1996. An administration official noted with a bit of glee that laughter became law with the support of then-Sen. Joe Biden
"It always seemed like a no-brainer. Biden voted for it. This is a Clinton-era law, "the aide said. "This is about enforcing what is already on the books. We are willing to sponsor someone, you have to be responsible. You can't just bring in everybody. You have to be judicious. ”
Now the front-runner in the Democratic primary, the former vice president wrapped up his official campaign kickoff last week in Philadelphia, billing his quest as a" battle for the soul of this nation. " From the beginning, Biden has painted Trump as well as accused the president or “spewing hatred.”
Trump has not moderated his tone in response, and the administration has a duty to expect "more coming down the pipeline" on immigration. from the White House. The action on welfare, the aide continued, "is part of that effort to change the time on the crisis."
Under current law, citizens can sign in affidavit of support to sponsor and immigrant, usually a family member. According to U.S. Pat. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which signed document signals that are individual financial responsibility for the newcomer. Under Trump, the federal government expects to collect payments for benefits such as food stamps, housing support, and health care.
The move "will dramatically curb" welfare tourism, "the aide argued, insisting that illegal immigrants are straining the social safety net. The aide cited statistics showing that 78 percent of households headed by non-citizen education use at least one welfare program and that 50 percent of all non-citizen-headed households include at least one person who receives health insurance through Medicaid. 19659002] On Twitter and the campaign trail, Trump regularly rails against illegal immigrants he describes as freeloading.
"I don't want anyone coming in on welfare," the president told Breitbart News in a March interview. "We have a problem, because we have politicians that are not strong, or they have intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if [immigrants] come in they're going to vote Democrat, you know, for the most part
“I don't like the idea of people coming in and going on welfare for 50 years, and that's what they want to do – and it's no good.”
That message was a central part of his campaign message in 2016, and aide noted that removing illegal immigrants from welfare rolls "overwhelmingly polls well." "Even Bernie Sanders has made this point," the aide said, "which is that our safety net needs to be saved for our citizens, our own people who are struggling and need these resources. We can't be bringing in people who aren't going to be contributing. ”