Sen. Marshall Seeks to Block Biden’s Reopening of US Welfare-Dependent Immigration

Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) is trying to block President Joe Biden’s reopening of welfare-dependent immigration to the United States after former President Trump wrote new regulations to make it harder for foreign nationals who depend on welfare to secure green cards.

In early 2020, the Trump administration finalized a federal regulation known as the “public burden” rule that made it less likely for foreign nationals to secure green cards to permanently reside in the US if they had previously used welfare programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, or taxpayer-funded housing programs;

Almost immediately after taking office, Biden rejected the final public fee rule imposed by the Trump administration, opening the door for welfare-dependent immigration to the US, ultimately paid for by American taxpayers.

Now, Marshall has introduced a Congressional Review Act to ensure that Biden’s reopening of welfare-dependent immigration to the US is blocked. Marshall said in a statement:

Granting citizenship to illegal aliens who will depend on federal benefits is a burden that American taxpayers and our national debt cannot afford. … We must return to policies like this if our country is to have any hope of stopping the invasion of our southern border that began when President Biden took office.

RJ Hauman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) praised the measure as necessary to protect American taxpayers:

The Biden administration could care less about the ultimate stakeholder in our immigration system – the American people. However, this does not only apply to borders that are crossed. The public charge rule not only defies the intent of Congress, it erodes the integrity of the legal immigration system and puts it on the American taxpayer. We encourage Senator Marshall’s colleagues to follow his lead and fight the Biden administration’s radical immigration policy agenda on all fronts. [Emphasis added]

When Trump first issued the Public Charge rule in 2019, polls found the policy overwhelmingly popular with Americans. About 6 in 10 Americans said they support ending legal immigration dependent on welfare, including 56 percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of black Americans.

In 2017, the National Academies of Sciences noted that state and local taxpayers are charged about $1,600 each year per immigrant to pay for their welfare, and revealed that immigrant households consume 33 percent more welfare money than American citizen households.

A similar study by the Center for Immigration Studies found that about 63 percent of noncitizen households use at least one form of public welfare, while only about 35 percent of American-born households are on welfare. This means that non-citizen households use nearly twice as much welfare as American-born households.

Chart via Center for Migration Studies

Each year, the federal government awards approximately 1.2 million foreign nationals with green cards for permanent resettlement in the US, while another 1.4 million foreign nationals secure various temporary work visas to take jobs in the US.

This massive influx of legal immigration, which is opposed by a majority of Republican voters, is in addition to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens added to the US population each year.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter here.

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