For whatever America-hating reason, democrats seem to believe that enforcing legal immigration is somehow evil. While the nation was, of course, built on immigrants, the extent to which leftists desire open borders is out of control, requiring strong republican politicians such as President Donald Trump to address the issue.
That he has, along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which recently released a proposed regulation that among other requirements, would mandate a screening process for those wishing to legally enter to the United States or remain in the country. The proposal includes a requirement that all those seeking such citizenship or a green card must be able to speak English. While this is arguably how it should be and would save the country millions in government assistance, democrats have since been throwing their usual fit.
On September 21, the Department of Homeland Security released a draft of a proposal titled ‘Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,’ which discusses certain parameters which those seeking to live or temporarily reside in the U.S. must fall under.
The goal in doing so is to ensure as adequately as possible that those assimilating with American society will be able to independently support themselves and not rely on government assistance, or becoming a ‘public charge.’
In determining this, DHS officials will consider factors, such as age, health, skill or work experience, and the ability to speak English.
The reasoning behind such a concept lies in the proven fact that those able to communicate in the native language are likely to get a better job, will be more successful, and will not be dependent on the government for necessities such as “healthcare, welfare, housing, and wages.”
The U.S. Census Bureau provided that immigrants unable to speak English were most likely to be unemployed and that even when employed there are proven discrepancies in incomes between those who spoke English ‘well’ as opposed to ‘very well.’
Consequently, the inability to find work increases the likelihood of an individual and their family taking advantage of resources such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP; Medicaid; and Section 8 Housing.
While the left could attempt to insist that these are exaggerated claims used to combat immigration, legal or illegal, it is already alarming given the data provided by cities where a staggering rate of residents speak a language other than English at home.
In Chicago, Illinois, this rate is 36 percent, in Phoenix, Arizona it is 38, New York City, New York, 49, and throughout Los Angeles, California, 60 percent of individuals do not speak English at home.
While the stricter qualifications ensure that those who come to America have a better chance of being successful, democrats, naturally, have other agendas in opposing it.
Many businesses rely on cheap labor from immigrants, while democratic politicians can often count on their votes.
The National Immigration Law Firm claimed that “The proposal is reckless, deeply unfair, and inconsistent with core American values.
Yet putting America first involves forgoing some of these liberal concerns which manifest as a ‘public charge’ on citizens’ wallets.
However, considering who should be permitted to enter the country based on such factors is not a new concept, as can be seen in the Immigration Act of 1882.
Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen explained that “Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show that they can support themselves financially.”
She continued that the recently proposed regulation is “intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become a burden on American taxpayers.”
This means that an individual’s current situation is taken into account in determining the likelihood that they will end up like countless other legal Americans who are native to the country and still ended up dependent on government resources.
Preventing that from occurring to other potential immigrants is not un-American at all and ensures that she remains a country where her citizens and worthy migrants have a chance at success.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions summed this concept up beautifully in explaining that, “It is perfectly legitimate, moral, and decent for a nation to have a legal system of immigration and to enforce the system that it lawfully adopts. No great and prosperous nation can have both a generous welfare system and great prosperity and open borders.”
While democrats continually claim that such is possible, they are arguably living a fantasy if they believe that immigrants can come to America out of desperation, not knowing how to speak the language, and still be successful and happy.
Not only it is highly detrimental to the U.S. economy, but it also prevents those with a true desire to strive for the American dream with that ability.
Yet, if passed, the English-speaking requirement would also benefit U.S. citizens culturally.
Now more than ever, the country is divided in terms of opinions regarding all forms of immigration. Yet if everyone in the country was at least able to communicate with one another, such could be unifying in strengthening bi-racial communities.