Earlier this month, The Washington Post shared a draft order which seeks to alleviate a huge burden on the American taxpayer–which, is welfare. The liberal cradle-to-grave entitlement ideology is what has helped us get into our current government fiscal mess, and has caused a massive division in country between those who believe in earning your way in life and those who think they deserve welfare just for breathing.
Well, the order requires that immigrants “likely to need certain types of public aid” to be identified before entry into the United states, and immigrants using those services to be deported. In addition, it calls for financial responsibility from relatives who promised to support the immigrants they sponsor instead of what they do now and rely on social aid. As far as the potential savings goes, it could be as large as “$100 billion,” but there is not yet clear data to support this figure.
According to the Center for Immigration studies, all immigrants–whether they are legal or illegal–are more likely than native-born citizens to use some form of welfare. Moreover, those with children born in the U.S. have an even higher likelihood of using the system.
There isn’t anything wrong with welcoming contributing immigrants to our country, but we should not just give them free and unchecked access to our wallets; especially when over half of Americans now make under $30k annually. Instead of connecting immigrants with social programs the moment they arrive, we should be helping them find jobs ASAP.