Public Charges Beware

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    The SCOTUS just voted 5-4, along ideological lines, to allow new changes to legal immigration. It will allow immigration officials to take into consideration whether or not a legal immigrant will become a public charge and rely on public assistance.

    This seems rather pragmatic to me: why would you let someone in the country who will end up costing you money? We are a country, not a charity, and being a charity is precisely why we are racking up trillions in debt.

    So, anyone feel free to post your thoughts on this new development. I have heard this may be a good way to stop chain migration.

    If any lefties would like to explain why we shouldn't be allowed to engage in financial responsibility, I am all ears.
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    why would you let someone in the country who will end up costing you money?
    because they will keep you in power, that is the only answer really.
    look at all the things they want to give illegals, driver's license, health care etc while largely ignoring the veterans, homeless and poor citizens. 
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    Yeah, they just take the homeless and poor votes for granted. They just say that those dastardly Republicans will take away everything.
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    I've said this many times, and I believe it to be true.  There is great benefit to keeping people poor and dependant on the government.  Self sufficient people are very difficult to control, you have very little to promise them.
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    This seems rather pragmatic to me: why would you let someone in the country who will end up costing you money? We are a country, not a charity, and being a charity is precisely why we are racking up trillions in debt.
    Lol america was literally founded on this idea. America is a country of immigrants. America has gone from:

    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"

    To:

    Get the fuck out unless you have money.


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    That is a really good point. Promising jobs to people is one of the biggest promises of any candidate. Hard to do so without a bunch of unemployment. Easy to offer free healthcare as the solution when medicare and medicaid price fixing have driven up private sector prices so much people can't afford that. They also aren't poor enough to qualify for government aid and get screwed in the center. Then they go for that middle majority. Interesting how this works.....

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    "Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free"
    Yes, a POEM from 1883 is where we should get our immigration advice from. It is on the Statue of LIBERTY- not the statue of immigration.

    Second of all, we didn't have a bloated welfare state back then, so that wasn't even a consideration when taking in new immigrants. So, nice try.

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    the U.S. didn't even build the statue lol, the poem was used to raise money for the pedestal so even that wasn't government funded it would seem.  If that poem is the best argument they got it's quite laughable.

    Regardless of that immigration has always been a legal process, not just border jumping or staying illegally in any other manner.
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    Yeah, it was given to us to celebrate 100 years of independence lol. Somehow that has something to do with immigration? Pretty sure it was written about Jewish pogroms in Russia, too, not immigration in general.
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    Yes, a POEM from 1883 is where we should get our immigration advice from. It is on the Statue of LIBERTY- not the statue of immigration.
    Just showing how far the right has sunk. America used to about liberty and the american dream for anyone who would come and fight for it. Now the right just wants to attack and keep everyone out unless they can profit from them. The right wants to destroy the foundation of america. 

    Second of all, we didn't have a bloated welfare state back then, so that wasn't even a consideration when taking in new immigrants. So, nice try.
    And most of those immigrants will go on and get jobs and pay back the investment. And then their children and grand children will get jobs and pay it all back many, many times over. The idea that immigrants are a drain on society is stupid and extremely short sighted. 
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    Just showing how far the right has sunk. America used to about liberty and the american dream for anyone who would come and fight for it. Now the right just wants to attack and keep everyone out unless they can profit from them. The right wants to destroy the foundation of america. 

    Lol, where have you been? Ever heard of the Chinese Exclusion Act? We haven't historically let in unending waves of immigration. That started with the Hart Celler Act. Just shows how lefties have really shifted the narrative.

    And most of those immigrants will go on and get jobs and pay back the investment. And then their children and grand children will get jobs and pay it all back many, many times over. The idea that immigrants are a drain on society is stupid and extremely short sighted. 

    That depends. I don't know that tomato farmers will ever make enough to get off of welfare. Especially when they refuse to learn English and live in their little enclaves. 


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    Want to talk about how far the left has sunk? Letting in people who will cost us billions just for votes is sinking kind of low.
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    Want to talk about how far the left has sunk? Letting in people who will cost us billions just for votes is sinking kind of low.
    So the left has sunk to the level of doing exactly what america has always done? Oh my god. How will america ever recover.....

    Also, I already explained that the idea that immigrants cost america money is stupid. So no, I reject your flawed xenophobia. 
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    I want welfare banned as well, but if your going to advocate for any immigration restrictions, they should be consistently applied to native born citizens and they should be specific.  People say we need immigration reform, even though they never specify how they would reform the system.  Some common ones that I hear from people against open borders are:

    - They must know English: Why?  If it's necessary for a job, what if they can get a job without knowing English?

    - They must not consume welfare: I understand this, but if we ban welfare for immigrants, we should ban it for everybody to keep it consistent.  If welfare is banned, any immigrant here for welfare would leave.

    -They must have a job: What if they are retired and don't collect our social security since they didn't pay into it?  I'd be fine with immigrants only getting a proportional amount of social security that is proportional to the amount of time they were in the country (ex: If you need 50 years of work to collect social security, and your here for 25 years, you get half a normal social security payment per month)

    Any other concerns with open borders?
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    So no, I reject your flawed xenophobia.

    Oh no! I'm shaking in my boots! Please don't call me a fascist or a Nazi now!

    Also, I already explained that the idea that immigrants cost america money is stupid.
    Considering that over 50% of immigrant-led households are on welfare, I have yet to see that.
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    Oh no! I'm shaking in my boots! Please don't call me a fascist or a Nazi now!
    Xenophobes don't have to be facist or nazis. But they are afraid of "others" and make up reasons to vilify and target them. which is exactly what you are doing. 

    Considering that over 50% of immigrant-led households are on welfare, I have yet to see that.
    And how many 2nd generation immigrant families are on welfare? How much value to do those immigrants add to society?

    Does america make as much income on an immigrant as it makes of a native citizen, statistically no. But they add a massive boost to america's otherwise stagnant and even declining population. Their children will be native born citizens who add huge amounts of value. 

    Supporting immigrants is not a burden. It is an investment that pays off many times over. If you stopped immigrants from coming you would save some money now, but cost a complete fortune in the future. Your financial argument is bullshit. 
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    - They must know English: Why?  If it's necessary for a job, what if they can get a job without knowing English?

    Well, generally this is made under the assumption of operating in the real world and knowing that welfare won't be abolished. Immigrants with low English proficiency earn a lot less and are therefore more welfare-dependent. 

    Also, it could be argued that it hurts national unity if you don't learn the native language. If you can't understand people because they are speaking Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russia, etc, how can you get along with them? Am I expected to learn every language on earth, or should they be expected to learn our language when they come to our country?

    - They must not consume welfare: I understand this, but if we ban welfare for immigrants, we should ban it for everybody to keep it consistent.  If welfare is banned, any immigrant here for welfare would leave.

    Why? This is a bad idea for two reasons. First, we use that to try to deter public charges. Second, presumably Americans have been paying into welfare for 10-20 years, whereas immigrants have not. So, banning them from using it for a certain amount of years makes sense.

    -They must have a job: What if they are retired and don't collect our social security since they didn't pay into it?  I'd be fine with immigrants only getting a proportional amount of social security that is proportional to the amount of time they were in the country (ex: If you need 50 years of work to collect social security, and your here for 25 years, you get half a normal social security payment per month)

    Retirement and unemployment are completely different. Generally, retirement is when you have saved up a lot of money and no longer need to work. Unemployment wouldn't matter without welfare, but considering we can't just get rid of welfare, it is a problem because they will then use it without a job.

    Any other concerns with open borders?

    Doubt we will ever agree on this subject. The combination of wage destruction, non-assimilation, cultural destruction, and many other factors prevent me from accepting it.
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    Xenophobes don't have to be facist or nazis. But they are afraid of "others" and make up reasons to vilify and target them. which is exactly what you are doing. 

    I'm not afraid of them. I want immigrants, just not 30-year-old men with 8th grade educations. I want people who have skills that will contribute vastly for our economy. I'm not really in favor of uneducated manual laborers, as they end up costing a lot more than they provide.

    If this would be a worker program in which they didn't receive welfare, I could potentially see the appeal of that.

    And how many 2nd generation immigrant families are on welfare? How much value to do those immigrants add to society?

    It depends on the second-generation immigrant's country of origin more or less. Countries with bad education systems and other programs that help them develop skills generally send immigrants that cost us. In the instance of 2nd generation Mexican immigrants (and over half of all immigration comes from Mexico currently), they still receive welfare at higher rates than natives and many other immigrant groups. I want the Mexicans that won't be public charges, Asians that won't be public charges, and Europeans who won't be public charges. IDGAF where you are from, I just don't want you costing me money, so your jibberish about xenophobia is ridiculous.

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    I'm not afraid of them. I want immigrants, just not 30-year-old men with 8th grade educations. I want people who have skills that will contribute vastly for our economy. I'm not really in favor of uneducated manual laborers, as they end up costing a lot more than they provide.
    So you want immigrants, you just only want the ones with money. 

    It depends on the second-generation immigrant's country of origin more or less. Countries with bad education systems and other programs that help them develop skills generally send immigrants that cost us.
    Countries don't "send" people to america. 

    In the instance of 2nd generation Mexican immigrants (and over half of all immigration comes from Mexico currently), they still receive welfare at higher rates than natives and many other immigrant groups.
    1) please provide evidence of that
    2) even if it were slightly higher (which you haven't proven yet), that doesn't mean that they are costing us money. If they have a 1% higher rate, they would still be a massive net positive. 
    3) even if they were a net loss, that would likely be our fault anyway. If those children couldn't get a proper education because of xenophobic, anti immigrant policies, then we are only worsening the problem. The answer would be to provide better education to immigrant children, not to try to prevent immigrants coming. 

    IDGAF where you are from, I just don't want you costing me money, so your jibberish about xenophobia is ridiculous.
    sorry, I forgot you hate all poor people equally. 
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    I'm definitely not a progressive, but I doubt that the decision will necessarily lead to cost savings. Immigrants are less likely to rely on welfare benefits when compared to their native-born counterparts (1). In fact, legal permanent residents are typically ineligible for most means-tested welfare programs until they live in the US for 5 years, and in some cases, fulfilled some work-based requirements (2). It is unclear how how much money will be raised through precluding more people from funding given the draconian mandates that already exclude a large portion of immigrants from receiving aid.
    A glance at the immigration bureaucracy suggests that the policy may cause more problems than it solves. Increased reporting requirements in the past proved to be a contributing factor to the ongoing application backlog afflicting the USCIS, and the inexorable truth is that increased requirements are going to be necessary to determine whether someone is "self-sufficient." The National Law Review reported that in the FY 2018, the backlog grew to over 5 million, a 26% increase from 2016 (3). Requests for Evidence for H1-B visas and the complexity of immigration petitions are culpable for much of the growing backlog. There are no set guidelines to ascertain who is likely to become a public charge and who isn't. Vague guidelines coupled with inexact reporting requirements (everything from ability to pay for private medical insurance to pre-existing medical conditions are used to determine if an immigrant has a negative "strike," and it is unclear where they get this info,) and increased processing time will only shovel more forms into the cornucopia of paperwork that the USCIS is tasked with finishing. Requiring more resources to deal with this ballooning backlog is a significant cost. Instead of reforming their resource-intensive guidelines, the USCIS modus operandi in dealing with the backlog has been to hike immigration fees on both businesses dependent on employment-based visas and the applicants (4) (5). Saddling businesses with a burdensome fee deters them from hiring immigrants, which seems contrary to the purpose of the policy. Surely we should encourage immigrants who are willing to work to emigrate to the US. Also, by deterring immigrants to enter through legal pathways into the US, we increase the chance that they use coyotes, (human smugglers with unmatched knowledge of our border policies) to enter the US illegally. Many of these coyotes are on the payroll of Mexican cartels, and supply millions of dollars in revenue to their perfidious employers (6).

    Perhaps the benefits of such a program will manifest in the coming years, but a healthy dose of skepticism is never bad per se.

    Sources

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    America used to about liberty
    liberty like more unconstitutional laws and restrictions?, yep it used to be about liberty, the only liberty is libertarians which you are not so I'm not sure you have much to point fingers at.

    imagine if all these illegals, unskilled works were now making $15 per hour?  that would be an even larger drain on the economy since prices will go up drastically.

    there's been some examples of what happens when the wages are increased like that, unintended consequences.

    a fruit picker with a family can not contribute more to the economy than what they use, schools, other public services, healthcare etc.

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    liberty like more unconstitutional laws and restrictions?
    You are, in this very argument, advocating for more laws and restrictions that run contrary to the founding principles of america. 

    yep it used to be about liberty, the only liberty is libertarians which you are not so I'm not sure you have much to point fingers at.

    Libertarians want the freedom for corporations and the rich to do whatever they want to everyone else. Forgive me if I don't believe the tyranny of the rich is better than governing by democracy. 

    Imagine if all these illegals, unskilled works were now making $15 per hour?
    If immigration was reformed, then they wouldn't be illegal. Problem solved. 

    imagine if all these illegals, unskilled works were now making $15 per hour?  that would be an even larger drain on the economy since prices will go up drastically.
    lol imagine if poor people got paid enough to live on?!?!?! the horror. if they don't live in abject poverty, you might have to pay a bit more for your products. You just come off as someone who is fine forcing others to live in poverty and squalor so the rich can get MUCH richer and you can save a few bucks on consumer goods. 

    a fruit picker with a family can not contribute more to the economy than what they use, schools, other public services, healthcare etc.
    Why? That argument doesn't even make sense. 
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    that run contrary to the founding principles of america. 

    I'll get to your other stuff later, but you honestly want to go down this road? The founding principles of America are violated by almost every law you propose. Most matters are meant to be handled by states. Department of Education? Unconstitutional. Universal Healthcare? Well, that duty wasn't given to the federal government, so... unconstitutional. The list goes on......
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    I'll get to your other stuff later, but you honestly want to go down this road? The founding principles of America are violated by almost every law you propose.
    no, no they are not. 

    Most matters are meant to be handled by states.
    That's just because the states wanted to be free to do whatever they want. A state government being in charge of something is not fundamentally different to a national government running it. It just makes it alot easier to use money and influence to get laws you want in 1 state. 

    Department of Education? Unconstitutional.
    lol no. The constitution doesn't say the government doesn't have the power to do that. It isn't explicitly included one way or the other. If you want to say that any power not granted by the constitution shouldn't be had by the government, then the government would be completely useless as technology and society change. You would be virtually guaranteeing the death of democracy and rule by an oligarchy. 

    Universal Healthcare? Well, that duty wasn't given to the federal government, so... unconstitutional. The list goes on......
    again, just because the constitution doesn't say something, doesn't make the government doing something "unconstitutional". The constitution doesn't say anything about who has the power to create laws about the internet. By your logic no one should be able to do that.

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    Well, generally this is made under the assumption of operating in the real world and knowing that welfare won't be abolished.

    The only reason why people go on welfare is because they need money.  If they can get this money through getting a better job, then no welfare is necessary.  People aren't that lazy and they want to work.  They just don't know how.

    Also, it could be argued that it hurts national unity if you don't learn the native language.
    In the long term, this isn't the case.  In the 1920s, immigrants interbred with each other, and with native born Americans, and their offspring was American by default.  In the short term, there was some cultural division.  But this went away as the immigrants assiliminated to their country on their own, interbred with Americans and other immigrants, and the kids ended up being completely assiliminated.

    If you can't understand people because they are speaking Portuguese, Spanish, German, Russia, etc, how can you get along with them?
    Google translate and their offspring, which tend to be bilingual.  Just as people in the 1920s managed to assimilate to the US as time went on, the same thing would happen with this new batch of immigrants.

    Second, presumably Americans have been paying into welfare for 10-20 years, whereas immigrants have not.
    I don't think every American pays into welfare.  Some get it without paying.  The people on welfare I don't think get off of it ever generally, but I might be wrong on this.

    Generally, retirement is when you have saved up a lot of money and no longer need to work.
    Retirement for some people is like that, but retirement is also when someone hits the retirement age and gets social security benefits.

    but considering we can't just get rid of welfare
    I think it's possible to do this.  Low income people merely need to be shown where the better jobs are and they would go to those better jobs, thereby eliminating their need for welfare.

    The combination of wage destruction
    History confirms that wages won't get destroyed.  A common fear of hiring women during WWII was that they would cut wages by 50%.  This did not happen, and because of the huge influx of female workers, the US economy skyrocketed.  I think a similar thing would happen with these immigrants.