Opinion

Another reason why Trump is no friend of immigrants

First, he called them “rapists and murderers.”

Then, he tried to erase the popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has helped more than 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants come out of the shadows.

Then, his administration made a mockery of longstanding protocol by taking away the children of their parents who sought political asylum and treating them as criminals.

Now, he wants to eliminate family reunification and replace it with a program that will result in whiter immigration.

Last week, the U.S. Federal Register published a proposed new rule (from the Trump administration) that changes the definition of “public charge” that is nothing but a direct attack at immigrant families.

All of this courtesy of President Donald J. Trump, the man who – against the wishes of the family of Mollie Tibbets – politicized the murder of a college student.

If you haven’t noticed, our president is hellbent on painting immigrants as bad people, or bad hombres. That they take, take, take money; commit all the crimes in this country; and, never give back. And, his supporters believe all this nonsense.

The latest attack is the changing definition of “public charge.” In the past, newly arrived immigrants were expected to not become dependent on government assistance. Currently, it refers to an individual who is likely to become “primarily dependent on the government for subsistence, as demonstrated by either the receipt of public cash assistance for income maintenance or institutionalization for long-term care at government expense.”

Now, Trump wants to expand that definition to include those who receive housing assistance, Medicaid, food stamps and other fundamental services.

It makes no sense to target the immigrant community. More than nine out of 10 immigrants are employed, and earn more than $100 billion a year. They are contributing to the American economy.

The existing rules were drawn to make sure someone didn’t come into this country and become dependent on public assistance. The proposed changes directly imperil those who are here legally and are deemed probable users of government assistance in the future.

The worst thing is that the health and safety of legal residents would be threatened if they decide to forgo medical treatment for a life-threatening illness.

“If this rule goes into effect, hardworking families will try to make ends meet with less – hurting children – for no other reason than to advance this administration’s anti-immigrant agenda,” wrote 22 Democratic Senators to the Department of Homeland Security.

The proposed change is mean-spirited, and falls right in line with the administration’s continued attack on immigrants, especially those of color.

There is a ray of good news: The U.S. government must accept comments to the proposed change for 60 days. That means you can submit your comment up through Dec. 10.

FWD.us has an online tool that makes it easier to send a comment. It can be found at: www.ouramericanstory.us

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