The assault on immigrants in the United States keeps coming from the Trump administration. From ramping up deportations to rescinding DACA, immigrants in this country live in constant fear. Now, thanks to a new announcement from the Department of Homeland Security, there is a plan to deny future immigrants of their ability to get green cards or visas.
Why? What is there reasoning?.
They are going to be taking a closer look at immigrants who use food stamps, welfare, housing vouchers, or Medicaid.
What the government is saying is that “If you need help for your family, don’t come here.”
They are citing the longstanding federal law that says those seeking to immigrate to the US must show they can support themselves financially.
They have even said this proposal could apply to people who already have lawful permanent residence if they leave the country and return.
At Familia America, we believe that these proposals are inhumane and just another way to deter those who are seeking asylum from coming for help.
Why They Come
Many have called them criminals, but we know that is not the reality. Just because a crime is committed in a neighborhood does not make the entire community criminals. By applying this kind of logic to the entire immigrant community, politicians have managed to alienate them. They have chanted about building a wall instead of helping build better lives.
Most of the people who come here are looking for a better life for their families. What has been largely ignored is the fact that those seeking to cross the border are doing so because they have no other options. Their families, their children, have been threatened.
Yes, there are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US, but it is important to remember that around 8 million of them are actively contributing to the tax base. They hold jobs and support their families.
And yes, sometimes they need some assistance, just like many people in this country.
The United States was not built on the idea of serving only a select few. It has always been a country that opens its arms to those in need.
What You Can Do
At Familia America, we understand the challenges that immigrants face when they come to this country. Often, half of a family is already legally here and the other half is desperately trying for the same thing. We know that the last few years have not been easy, but we still believe in the law. We believe in human rights.
When you need an immigration attorney in Salt Lake City, you can contact us by clicking here or calling 801-656-9605 for a free consultation. We will work with you to get a green card, citizenship, or help get family members here with you. There is no reason that receiving social assistance should disqualify anyone from obtaining legal, documented status here. Let us help you so you can rest easier.