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.
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INSANE: Engineer Ran Train Off Tracks to Damage Coronavirus HOSPITAL SHIP
An unthinkable act of possible terrorism.
A Los Angeles engineer reportedly derailed a train, sending it in the direction of the hospital ship USNS Mercy with the hopes of damaging the vessel Tuesday.
Eduardo Moreno of San Pedo is being charged with one count of train wrecking.
Prosecutors are claiming that Moreno was intentionally trying to damage the hospital ship. They allude to the possibility of Moreno being a conspiracy theorist of some sort, evidently believing that the hospital ship was going to be used for nefarious purposes.
Moreno is said to have crashed a Pacific Harbor Line train, running it off the rails and sending it careening through a barricade to the Port of Los Angeles’ docks. The train crashed through several barriers and fences, crossing over two gravel parking lots. It ceased moving before reaching the Mercy, coming to rest just before the Vincent Thomas Bridge.
No one was injured from the derailing of the train, but a leakage of fuel from the machine required a hazmat team to respond to the incident.
Moreno allegedly told investigators that he was “suspicious” of the ship, not believing that “the ship is what they say it’s for.” The locomotive engineer reportedly went on to say that “you only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.”
A Department of Justice press release on Moreno’s arrest and criminal charge describes the man as admitting to derailing the train with the intention of damaging the ship.
The Mercy docked at the Port of Los Angeles over the weekend. The vessel in present in the area to assist in containment measures for the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, in a similar fashion to the hospital ship USNS Comfort’s presence in New York City.
Derailing a train with the intention of damaging a hospital ship is an extreme criminal act, to put it lightly. The incident may have possible terrorist ramifications if it’s made clear that Moreno wanted to damage the ship for overt political purposes.
Big League Politics will continue to monitor this situation.
Video surfaced of the halted train and the damage it inflicted on the municipal docks on Tuesday.
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