Sen. Marshall Calls For DHS Rule To Block Illegals From Welfare

Senator Roger Marshall (R- KS) introduced a resolution for illegal immigrants abusing the welfare system in the U.S. The goal is to block citizenship for unlawful immigrants who depend on taxpayer-funded benefits. Marshall is focused on a new DHS rule to cut the number of benefits immigrants can use.

The Trump administration described any immigrant who received one or more public benefits during a 12-36 month period as a “public charge” back in 2019. This is important because the Immigration and Nationality Act designated noncitizens ineligible for citizenship if they are “likely at any time to become a public charge.” However, President Biden threw out the public charge rule paving the way for welfare-dependent immigration in the U.S. to blow up.

Under Trump, immigrants were disqualified from green-card status if they used benefits such as food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid for a considerable time. But the Biden administration imposed a new rule on DHS. Since Biden took office, only the receipt of cash benefits or long-term institutional care can lead to disqualification and the finding of a public charge.

Marshall said in a statement that DHS’s new rule is leading the U.S. down a dangerous path of “incentivizing migrants to cross our southern border illegally.” American taxpayers should not have to front the bill for illegal aliens dependent on federal benefits meant for citizens. Additionally, the U.S. national debt can’t afford to front the bill.

In the fiscal year 2022, over 2.3 million immigrants crossed the U.S. border because of the freedom and benefits they would receive. Trump’s administration kept this at bay by announcing that immigrants would not receive support or citizenship should they come illegally. It is imperative to change the DHS rule back to stop the invasion at the border since Biden took office.

Marshall introduced this resolution on November 14. His Congressional Review Act has already received endorsement by the Federation of American Immigration Reform. FAIR’s Head of Government Relations and Communications, RJ Hauman, said that the Biden administration could care less about the American people as ultimate stakeholders in the immigration system. He said the current public charge rule “erodes the integrity of the legal immigration system and sticks it to American taxpayers.”

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