I was stunned to read that Hair Füror, a man who employs a “roving crew of Latin American employees” to perform masonry and maintenance work at his winery and various golf clubs around the country, is now applying his tender mercies to stop legal immigrants from receiving benefits:
“The Trump administration issued a final rule Monday that allows federal officials to deny green cards to legal immigrants who have received certain public benefits or who are deemed likely to do so in the future.
“The ‘public charge’ regulation — pushed by White House senior adviser Stephen Miller and other hard-line officials — is the latest part of President Donald Trump’s vast immigration crackdown. While Trump has railed against migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, the new regulation represents his most ambitious effort yet to restrict legal immigration as he gears up for his 2020 reelection campaign. … The benefits covered under the regulation include food stamps, welfare, Medicaid, and housing assistance.”
So let’s see: if you seek asylum you are screwed, if you immigrate legally you are screwed, BUT if you sneak over the border you can work for Trump at one of his resorts for low wages and no benefits, and if you speak out, well, you’re deported.
He’s working all sides.
UPDATE 1: Axios –
The big picture: The rule would penalize immigrants who use or are likely to use public benefit programs such as food stamps, housing assistance or Medicaid.
- The rule would also likely create a “chilling effect” on immigrants who are eligible — or whose kids are eligible — to use certain public benefit programs. Some immigrants will choose not to use the benefits out of fear of being penalized, according to immigration experts.
- Immigrants reportedly began turning down food stamps after early reports about the rule last year.