Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) wants to block President Joe Biden’s reopening of benefit-dependent immigration to the United States after former President Trump drafted new rules to make it more difficult for benefit-dependent foreigners to obtain green cards.
In early 2020, the Trump administration finalized a federal regulation known as the “public charge” rule that made it less likely for foreigners to obtain green cards to permanently reside in the U.S. if they previously used welfare programs such as food stamps, Medicaid, or taxpayer-funded housing programs.
Almost immediately after taking office, Biden tossed out the final public indictment rule imposed by the Trump administration, blowing the door open to welfare-dependent immigration to the US, for which the US taxpayer will ultimately foot the bill.
Now Marshall has introduced a Congressional Review Act to ensure Biden’s reopening of welfare-dependent immigration to the US is blocked. Marshall said in a statement:
Granting citizenship to illegal aliens who would be dependent on federal benefits is a burden that the US taxpayer and our national debt cannot afford. … We need to go back to this kind of policy if our country is to have any hope of stopping the invasion on our southern border that began when President Biden took office.
RJ Hauman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) praised the measure as necessary to protect American taxpayers:
The Biden administration can’t care less about the ultimate stakeholder in our immigration system: the American people. However, this does not only apply to a border that is crossed. Not only does the public indictment rule go against the intent of Congress, it erodes the integrity of the legal immigration system and pins it on American taxpayers. 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 enacted the Public Charge rule in 2019, polls showed the policy was overwhelmingly popular with Americans. About 6 in 10 Americans said they favor ending wealth-dependent legal immigration, including 56 percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of Black Americans.
In 2017, the National Academies of Science noted that state and local taxpayers are charged about $1,600 per immigrant each year to pay for their well-being and revealed that immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash than U.S. civilian households.
A similar survey by the Center for Immigration Studies found that about 63 percent of noncitizen households use at least one form of public assistance, while only about 35 percent of Native American households are on welfare. This means that non-citizen households use almost twice as much Social Security as Native American households.
Each year, the federal government awards about 1.2 million foreigners with green cards to permanently settle in the U.S., while another 1.4 million foreigners are granted various temporary work visas to take up U.S. jobs.
This massive legal immigration surge, opposed by the majority of Republican voters, is on top of the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens added to the US population each year.