Buzzfeed reported on Monday that the Trump administration unveiled a new policy that will deny green cards to immigrants who use or are likely to use public benefits.
According to a filing of the policy in the Federal Register, this policy is set to take place in two months.
This rule was originally released this past September.
A step in the right direction, this move represents a solid effort by the Trump administration to curb immigration and is expected to face several legal challenges.
Traditionally, the Immigration and Nationality Act enabled the government to deny permanent residency to immigrants who were deemed to be a financial burden on society or considered as a “public charge.” In other words, they’re relying on government benefits for financial support.
Under this new rule, the government has the power to determine if someone is a public charge, thus enabling officials to no longer give out green cards to “those who have used or will likely use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP food stamps); Section 8 housing vouchers and assistance; public housing; or most forms of Medicaid.”
Sarah Pierce, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, claims that “This rule is the administration’s attempt to unilaterally implement a broad immigration reform. It will likely shift immigration away from Latin America and towards Europe, while disproportionately disadvantaging women, children, and the elderly.”
Analysis from the Migration Policy Institute found that more than 4 million noncitizens were in families obtaining SNAP benefits from 2014 to 2016. According to the Department of Agriculture’s most recent numbers, more than 39 million people participated in this program in June 2018. However, there was no breakdown of these numbers by immigration status.
USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli declared “For over a century, the public charge ground of inadmissibility has been part of our nation’s immigration laws. President Trump has delivered on his promise to the American people to enforce long-standing immigration law by defining the public charge inadmissibility ground that has been on the books for years.”
Although Trump has not scored many wins on immigration so far, this does look like a solid first step. He will likely campaign on this issue and further reforms based on how popular the immigration issue is among GOP voters.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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