Many decades ago a political message was developed by mainstream media and radical political advocates that open border style immigration does not lead to immigrants getting of state welfare programs. This message has been debunked as the online independent thought media business has exploded. The above mentioned advocates of course just shrugged their shoulders once their lies were exposed and moved to another campaign of demanding the U.S. provide welfare to illegal immigrant families because it will make us humane as a country.
In October, the Trump Administration released more regulations on immigration. These regulations are strict on immigrants showing they can financially support themselves and not be a “public charge” on American society. Public charge is a legal term for welfare. Now the affects are being felt in heavily populated legal/illegal immigrant communities in Indiana:
Local immigrants in Howard County and the surrounding area are turning down government help for health care and food out of fear the Trump administration won’t issue them a green card if they take federal aid.
Zach Szmara, national director of the Immigrant Connection, a Logansport-based nonprofit that provides legal services to immigrants and refugees, said local immigrants have started removing their children from Medicaid and other federal programs in response to the new policy issued by the Trump administration that could deny them legal status if they use public benefits.
The new rule will mainly impact those seeking permanent resident status through family member petitions.
The new green card policy, also known as the “public charge,” takes affect Oct. 15 and marks one of the most aggressive steps yet to restrict legal immigration: Denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance.
Politico, the online news site, reports agencies in at least 18 states say they’ve seen drops of up to 20% in WIC enrollment, and they attribute the change largely to fears about the immigration policy.
Latinos make up 30 percent of Goshen’s population and 16 percent of Elkhart County’s, while 54 percent of Goshen High School students are Latino. And the Latino population is growing, according to statistics Aguirre provided.