A new report finds that President Donald Trump’s policies against illegal aliens is paying off in yet another way as illegals are opting out of welfare programs because they are afraid that the government will deport them.
Several of Trump’s policies, including his work to eliminate Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), his stepping up of deportations, and his desire to build the wall is sending illegals back “into the shadows,” as the liberals are wont to say.
As Daily Wire reported:
Due to a proposed Trump Administration rule to deny legal status to illegals on welfare, both legal and illegal immigrants have been inundating health care providers with calls demanding they be dropped from federal assistance programs like WIC. “Agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20 percent in enrollment, and they attribute the change largely to fears about the immigration policy,” says the report.
WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, is a federally-funded assistance program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), providing health benefits and services for low income mothers and their children.
Illegal immigrants are asking to be dropped from the welfare program because they are scared of being deported, while some legal immigrants apparently believe their legal status will be in jeopardy because of rumors circulating about potential Trump Administration rules, according to health officials speaking to POLITICO.
There were some 7.4 million women and children enrolled in WIC when President Donald Trump first took office; that number declined to roughly 6.8 million in May. The drop-off in WIC enrollment is also being attributed to a bolstered economy and a decline in immigrant birth rates.
Politico went on to note that WIC was started in 1974 and has been “largely immigration-blind” meaning that anyone can join to take our welfare dollars. Politico added, “most of the infants it serves are citizens born in the U.S. regardless of their parents’ immigration status.”
One wonders how Politico knows that seeing as how the program is so “immigration blind.” But, well…
Cutting assistance to illegals could have another benefit if redirected. According to Paul Sperry, if we take the money spent on welfare programs for illegals and spend that money on the wall instead, we could pay for the thing!
Mexico won’t have to pay for the wall, after all. US taxpayers won’t have to pick up the tab, either. The controversial barrier, rather, will cover its own cost just by closing the border to illegal immigrants who tend to go on the federal dole.
That’s the finding of recent immigration studies showing the $18 billion wall President Trump plans to build along the southern border will pay for itself by curbing the importation of not only crime and drugs, but poverty.
“The wall could pay for itself even if it only modestly reduced illegal crossings and drug smuggling,” Steven A. Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies, told The Post.
Well, let’s get to work on that!
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