President Donald Trump issued an executive order last week that is expected to cut legal immigration by 65 percent by substantially curtailing chain migration, a process that has allowed family members of immigrants to easily enter the U.S.
“Chain migration is a disaster, and very unfair to our country,” Trump said during a weekly address last year. “The visa lottery is something that should have never been allowed in the first place. People enter a lottery to come into our country. What kind of a system is that? It is time for Congress to act and to protect Americans.”
Trump announced last week that he would suspend visas for immigrants who would not be able to prove they could buy health insurance. This is a fiscally conservative measure, as these immigrants would likely have their health care subsidized in some form once getting into the country. Trump’s policy could result in 375,000 immigrants fewer annual immigrants coming to the U.S., according to policy analysts.
“People who come here shouldn’t immediately be on public assistance,” a senior administration official said to POLITICO. “We should bring people here who contribute and not drain resources.”
Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation notes that the proposed rules are strict against immigrants, who would be denied the access to subsidies granted to lawful residents under Obamacare.
“They will need health insurance to be in the country legally [and] the only way they may be able to afford coverage is with ACA subsidies,” Levitt said. “But, if they buy insurance with ACA subsidies, it won’t count as insurance under the proclamation.”
The Migration Policy Institute reports that 34 percent of green card recipients who received them over the past three years were uninsured. An additional 31 percent have obtained health care that is subsidized through Obamacare, Medicaid, or some other type of government assistance. These types of individuals would be denied lawful entry into the U.S. under Trump’s new plan.
The rules do not apply to permanent residents legally in the country, refugees, asylum seekers, or children. Immigrants sponsored by family members and those from the diversity visa lottery will be impacted hardest by President Trump’s new rule. It is not as likely to impact immigrants with job offers who will have their insurance covered by their employer, safeguarding hard-working individuals who would actually contribute to the economy.
“These new rules are going to add to the confusion and fear surrounding recent immigration policy changes, discouraging lawfully present immigrants from enrolling in programs they are eligible for,” Levitt said.
Liberal special interest groups are freaking out over the Executive Order, as they do not believe that the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Trump’s proposed rules with the additions of conservative jurists Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch by the President.
“This is nothing less than a legal immigration ban,” Frank Sharry, executive director of the immigrant advocacy group America’s Voice, said in a statement.
While Trump’s new rules do not fully end chain migration, it applies an additional burden onto those trying to get in the country through the previously lax system. If these immigrants are not adequately self-sufficient, they are no longer allowed in.
Texas National Guard will be Deploying on Election Day
Democrats are Shaking in Their Boots
On October 26, 2020, the Texas National Guard announced that Governor Abbott is deploying 1,000 members to five of the state’s largest cities to potentially quell unrest on Election Day or the days that follow.
Texas Democrats are uneasy about this announcement, according to a Fox News report.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cities where troops will be sent to are Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
The very fact that troops might be deployed to polling locations has Texas Democrats frightened about the prospect of voter suppression and intimidation. Although the state has been solidly Republican in the last 30 years, Texas is starting to become more competitive. Some experts believe it could flip to the Democrats in 2020 or at the very least, in the near future.
The Texas National Guard commander’s chief of staff informed the San Antonio Express-News that the guard deployment would only be activated to “deter any civil disturbance at sites in various cities within Texas.”
The protection of polling stations “has not been on any mission request or in any conversation with the governor’s office,” Major General James K. “Red” Brown declared. Although troops could be sent to guard buildings , being stationed at polling locations “has not been requested,” Texas Guard spokesman stated.
On the night of October 26, other military officials informed KXAN-TV that there were no plans to send military units to polling locations.
Adjutant General Major General Tracy Norris declared in a statement that the Texas Military Department “was activated to provide additional support to the Department of Public Safety in the summer of 2020.”
“Texas Service Members continue to support DPS in this capacity, guarding historical landmarks such as the Alamo and the State Capitol,” Norris remarked. “To be clear, there has been no request nor any plan to provide any type of support at any polling location in Texas.”
The San Antonio Express-News also confirmed that Norris was requested to set up contingency plans in case of any unrest that emerges.
The initial reports about Abbott’s order received more concerns in progressive bastions such as Austin.
“We’re not hearing any real indications to anticipate any disruptions or intimidation,” said Adler.
Austin City Council member Gregorio Casar blamed Abbott for “fear-mongering.”
4/ "Voting in Texas, whether by mail, early in-person, or on Election Day, is safe, secure, and convenient, and our local leaders will ensure that every vote is counted." #txlege #2020Elections #CountEveryVote
— Gregorio Casar (@GregCasar) October 26, 2020
2020 elections will be very heated and it’s prudent for Abbott to use military assets to protect Texans from potential insurrectionist behavior from the radical Left.
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