Ever see a dead cat in a tree? Me neither. When the cat gets hungry enough, it comes down on its own and finds a meal. Unless it’s in a Democrat tree. Then the food is sent up at each mealtime, permanently, until the fat kitty forgets what living on the ground and catching its own mice is like.
This analogy to our current liberal cradle-to-grave welfare mentality has not escaped President Donald Trump’s attention. Strict welfare limits are moving up the president’s priority list and not surprisingly, welfare to immigrants is a critical item on the agenda, according to BizPac Review.
A copy of a draft order reported by The Washington Post earlier this month (subscription required) and being circulated among cabinet members seeks to address what the order describes as a massive burden on the American taxpayer.
The order calls for immigrants “likely to need certain types of public aid” to be identified prior to entry, and for immigrants already using those services to be deported.
The draft order also requires strict financial responsibility for relatives who promised to support immigrants who are instead now relying on social aid.
The potential savings estimated by the order are as high as “$100 billion,” although little data exists to support that figure.
Welfare is a way of life for too many immigrants, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. All immigrants, legal and illegal, are more likely than native-born people to use some form of welfare. Those who have U.S.-born children make far greater use of the system.
We should be welcoming immigrants with open arms, not an open wallet. Liberals are losing their minds over the idea that we might inject some economic realism into our immigration policies.
“He [Trump] would literally be taking food out of the mouths of babes,” Kevin Appleby of the Center for Migration Studies told The Washington Post.
Perhaps instead of reaching out to immigrants the moment they set foot on our soil to connect them with social service programs, we need to be connecting them with jobs the minute they arrive.
Canada fixed this decades ago. You can’t easily emigrate there (even from the U.S.) if you don’t already have a job, a place to live, and a Canadian citizen to vouch for you.
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