Trump Threatens Citizenship Prospects for Those Using Government Benefits, Feds See Instant 20% Drop in Enrollment
President Donald J. Trump is working on another plan to put America First, as he promised on the campaign trail.
“Immigrants are turning down government help to buy infant formula and healthy food for their young children because they’re afraid the Trump administration could bar them from getting a green card if they take federal aid,” said Politico.
When Politico says immigrants, they really mean illegal aliens. (More on that in a second).
“Agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20 percent in enrollment, and they attribute the change largely to fears about the immigration policy,” said Politico. “The Trump administration hasn’t officially put the policy in place yet, but even without a formal rule, families are already being scared away from using services, health providers say.”
This was clearly a difficult piece for Politico to write. They had to walk a tightrope, trying not to admit that illegals receive government benefits (a decades-old liberal lie) while still painting Trump as an evil man.
“The immigration proposal, which White House officials are working on ahead of the midterms as a way to energize the Republican base, would primarily affect legal immigrants already in the U.S. who are seeking a green card and people applying for legal admission to the U.S.,” the piece said.
That is clear double-speak. If a person is already living in the United States but does not hold a green card, he or she is likely here illegally. Politico veils that fact in the article, though, for obvious political reasons.
In reality, there are very few scenarios in which someone legally residing in the United States would not already have a permanent resident status (a Green Card) or citizenship. Such examples would be asylum seekers or those granted “temporary protected status,” according to AllLaw.
“[The policy] could also affect undocumented immigrants if they want to seek legal permanent residency in the future — a change that would represent a substantial expansion of the definition of public charge,” according to Politico.
So illegals are using government benefits? Who could have guessed?
Politico said that the primary government program which has seen a decline in enrollment is WIC.
“The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
If anyone is going to be using such services on the American taxpayer dole, it should be American citizens.
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