Federal law specifically states that any alien granted entry into the United States must be financially self-sufficient so as not to become a “public charge” dependent on welfare. But new data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveals that from 2005 to 2012, just 0.0084% of over 116 million immigration applicants were denied for lack of self-sufficiency.
The Immigration and Nationality Act states that “An alien who…is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.” Yet the DHS under President Barack Obama has aggressively campaigned immigrants to sign up for taxpayer-funded welfare benefits, going so far as to even create a WelcomeToUSA.gov website that educates immigrants about all the welfare programs for which they may apply.
Last year, an inquiry by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) revealed that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with Mexican officials 30 times to discuss food stamp enrollment and other issues.
A study by the Center for Immigration Services found that in 2010, one out of three (36%) immigrant-headed households received at least one welfare benefit.
“Encouraging self-sufficiency must be a bedrock for our immigration policy, with the goal of reducing poverty, strengthening the family, and promoting our economic values,” says Sessions. “But Administration officials and their policies are working actively against this goal.”