Trump’s “public charge” proposal: just say no

The Trump Administration’s
“public charge” proposal
is now open for public
comment.

This ungenerous and unwelcoming idea is to use participation in
benefits for the poor—food assistance programs among them—as a
way to deny residency or citizenship to those coming to live or
work here.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)…proposes to
require all aliens seeking an extension of stay or change of
status to demonstrate that they have not received, are not
currently receiving, nor are likely to receive, public benefits as
defined in the proposed rule.

Why is DHS doing this?  Ostensibly, because it

seeks to better ensure that applicants for admission to the
United States and applicants for adjustment of status to lawful
permanent resident who are subject to the public charge ground of
inadmissibility are self-sufficient, i.e., do not depend on public
resources to meet their needs, but rather rely on their own
capabilities and the resources of their family, sponsor, and
private organizations.

What programs constitute a public charge?

  • Any grant, contract, loan, professional license, or commercial
    license provided by an agency of the United States or by
    appropriated funds of the United States; and
  • Any retirement, welfare, health, disability, public or assisted
    housing, postsecondary education, food assistance, unemployment
    benefit, or any other similar benefit for which payments or
    assistance are provided to an individual, household, or family
    eligibility unit by an agency of the United States or by
    appropriated funds of the United States.

Brilliant move.  It kills two birds with one stone: it
discourages immigration, and saves money (those tax cuts for the
wealthy make this necessary).

As
Jan Poppendieck explains
, this proposal revises the promise of
the Statue of Liberty to read “don’t give me your tired and
your poor.”

The proposal is open for public comment until December 10.

I hope it gets lots.

Source: FS – All – Food and Nutrition Blogs
Trump’s “public charge” proposal: just say no