It’s happening. The number of people on the dole, particularly illegal immigrants, are plummeting thanks to the Trump administration’s crackdown on abuse of federal social service programs that are meant to serve as stopgap measures, not permanent income sources.
Observations on the street show that Trump’s efforts have delivered real results, even before the Supreme Court’s most recent rulings, including the latest on Monday that finally lifted all lower court injunctions preventing the implementation of a reasonable “public charge” rule limiting green cards for immigrants who are assessed to be likely to be dependent on welfare and social service programs.
The public charge rule that banned any immigrant “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge” has actually been on the books for almost 140 years according to Acting DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. However, he said that it has been “ineffective” for the past 20 years.
In a report published by the Daily Mail, Pastor Antonio Velasquez pointed out that the administration’s efforts to enforce the public charge rule can be clearly seen in his mostly Latino neighborhood in Phoenix, Arizona.
Prior to the Trump crackdown, people were already lining up in the middle of the night on a daily basis to apply for food stamps and Medicaid, according to Velasquez. “You had to arrive at 3 in the morning, and it might take you until the end of the day,” he said.
But on the recent weekday morning when the pastor was being interviewed by The Mail, there was no one lined up and there were just a few people inside the government office.
Enforcement of “public charge” will disqualify many immigrants from having green cards if they are not self sufficient. Green cards, or Permanent Resident Cards, allow holders to live and work permanently in the U.S.
“It’s consistent with our law for over 140 years. It’s a core American value of self-sufficiency, and it’s just plain old logic — what country wants to bring welfare problems into its society? We don’t want to do that,” Cuccinelli said. “We’re happy to open our doors to people from all over the world, but we expect them to stand on their own two feet.”
Pastor Velazquez, an apparent proponent of governmental largesse and unlimited free stuff for all, shared with the reporter that countless immigrants–legal and otherwise–“have dropped social service handouts … out of fear they will be kicked out of the U.S.”
Many taxpayers will call that “winning.”
Democrats of course are responsible for having created and built up a low-income culture of bondage to government handouts that motivate individuals in poverty to stay unemployed. And to stay loyal to the party that keeps the spigot of addictive, meager aid flowing.
“This will bring more poverty, more homeless, more illness,” claimed Velazquez.
That’s the go-to response by the left.
But there are obvious uplifting stories out there about people who are more than happy to overcome their reliance on government assistance and who are finding the motivation to succeed on their own, such as this former Democrat …