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‘Public Charge’ Immigration Rule Enters Into Effect, Blocking Immigrants from Welfare

The rule makes immigrants dependent on public benefits ineligible for green cards.

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The Trump administration’s ‘public charge’ rule enters into effect Monday, having survived a round of nationwide injunctions halting it by activist judges when the Supreme Court approved the rule last week.

The rule prevents immigrants who appear likely to be dependent on public benefits such as food stamps and other welfare programs from receiving green cards.

Such policies actually have wide precedent in the history of American immigration policy, the term ‘public charge’ first being codified into law with the Immigration Act of 1882. Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli appeared on Fox News Monday morning to break down the new rule.

Cuccinelli explained the lengthy legal battle that occurred over the rule, which has already been enforced for decades previously in American history with accusations against its constitutional legality.

Reserving limited welfare resources for American citizens isn’t a question of judging immigrants. It’s a matter of recognizing that our government’s first and foremost obligation lies towards American citizens, which Cuccinelli explained in his segment.

It’s not a moral judgement on individuals- it is an economic one. We expect in America, as we have for 140 years, that people seeking to be long-term immigrants here and maybe join us as citizens, will be able to stand on their own two feet and are willing to stand on their own two feet.

A crucial means to preserve programs that are designed to benefit America’s poor means reserving them for American citizens. Extending medicare and welfare benefits to illegal immigrants- as Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders has proposed– merely ensures the eventual bankruptcy and abolition of these programs.

The rule possibly represents the most significant change made to legal immigration policy during President Donald Trump’s administration. It’s possible the reform could significantly scale back annual levels of legal immigration, if strictly applied.

Unfortunately, it appears that there are pro-big business elements within his own White House that seek to undermine President Trump’s pro-American worker agenda.

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Meanwhile in Mexico…9 People Killed At a Wake in the State of Guanajuato

America must bolster its border security.

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The Independent reported that gunmen killed nine people at a wake in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato on January 7, 2020.

Law enforcement officials in the city of Celaya revealed in a statement that gunmen showed up late that night and began firing on a group of people. The event was held in an impoverished neighborhood where residents mourned a young man who fell to gun fire a few days prior. 

According to David Saucedo, a security analyst based in Guanajuato, the Jalisco New Generation Cartel carried out the attack against the deceased man’s family. The gunmen believed that the family was connected to the competing Santa Rosa de Lima gang, although many may not have connections with the gang. 

“At that wake, a lot of innocent people died,” Saucedo observed. 

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Guanajuato is a flashpoint for a violent proxy war between major drug cartels. Since 2017, the Santa Rosa de Lima gang has fended off the fast-rising Jalisco cartel in a bloody turf war. Although law enforcement arrested the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima gang back in August, the violence has not gone away According to Saucedo, the Sinaloa cartel has intervened in this struggle to keep the Jalisco cartel from securing a foothold in Guanajuato. They’ve sent weapons, financial aid, and gunmen to prop up Santa Rosa de Lima and other local gangs.

With so much drama taking place stateside, we often forget that Mexico is a failed state. Similarly, the outrage stemming from the Wuhan virus pandemic largely overshadowed issues of border security and immigration. However, this should not lessen the importance of the immigration issue. 

As Mexico continues tearing itself apart, America must bolster its border security. Unfortunately, the incoming President Joe Biden is not up to task and will prioritize weak border enforcement and a potential amnesty for illegal aliens. America will suffer greatly as a result.

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