By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) In late May, President Donald Trump issued a “Presidential Memorandum” aimed at assisting enforcement of a policy that requires financial sponsors of immigrants to repay the federal government for any benefits the aliens receive.
On Friday, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service reminded those immigrants and their sponsors of the president’s directive.
“If the sponsored immigrant receives any federal means-tested public benefits, the sponsor will be expected to reimburse the benefits-granting agency for every dollar of benefits received by the immigrant,â€ the USCIS noted in a tweet.
If the sponsored immigrant receives any federal means-tested public benefits, the sponsor will be expected to reimburse the benefits-granting agency for every dollar of benefits received by the immigrant.
— USCIS (@USCIS) June 14, 2019
In his memorandum, the president made it clear what the law instructs.
â€œThese laws also require that, when an alien applies for certain means-tested public benefits, the financial resources of the alienâ€™s sponsor must be counted as part of the alienâ€™s financial resources in determining both eligibility for the benefits and the amount of benefits that may be awarded,â€ the memorandum said.
â€œFinancial sponsors who pledge to financially support the sponsored alien in the event the alien applies for or receives public benefits will be expected to fulfill their commitment under law.â€
While the law has been on the books for some time, the purpose of the memorandum was to inform the Executive Branch the president expects it to be enforced.
â€œCurrently, agencies are not adequately enforcing these requirements,â€ the memorandum stated. â€œSome agencies have insufficient procedures and guidance for implementing these reimbursements and deeming requirements of the immigration laws.â€
Those who apply for permanent residency in the United States must have a sponsor, and generally, that sponsor is a family member inside the country legally.
The sponsor guarantees the government via an affidavit to financially support the alien. The affidavit is a legally binding agreement with the government.
But the affidavits were not being acted upon. Money given to immigrants via federal aid programs was not being reimbursed, as outlined in the law and mandated by the affidavit.
That’s because federal agencies in charge of recouping those expenses were not putting forth the effort, theÂ Conservative Tribune noted.
Now, however, thanks to the president’s new directive, USCIS has reminded immigrant sponsors of their responsibilities under the law, and that appropriate federal agencies are set to take action to collect monies owed the taxpayers.
AÂ studyÂ by the Center for Immigration Studies found that immigrantsÂ use welfare at statistically higher rates than the rest of the population.
“If one assumes that immigration is supposed to benefit the country, then immigrant welfare use should be much lower than natives,” the CIS report noted.
â€œInstead,â€¦ two decades after welfare reform tried to curtail immigrant eligibility, immigrant-headed households are using welfare at much higher rates than native households for most programs.â€
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