From Cruelty to Boondoggle to Lies

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As newspapers, advocates, and think tanks weigh in on the public charge rule, denunciation ranges from “unnecessarily strict and hard-hearted rules aimed at solving a problem that social scientists say doesn’t exist” (Los Angeles Times) to “direct attack on children” (San Diego Free Press) to “fundamentally unsound conclusions” and “not reasonable” (Cato Institute).

The Clinton administration already denied most social service programs to legal immigrants until they have resided in the country for at least five years. Undocumented immigrants are barred from almost all programs and benefits. Research shows that immigrants contribute more than they receive in benefits and are less of a burden on public assistance programs than native-born citizens. This policy has nothing to do with facts and logic.

One significant, and entirely foreseeable, consequence of this regulation:

“Scaring vulnerable populations off public assistance is likely to cost much more in the long run, in part because neglecting preventive health care and basic medical problems makes patients only more expensive to treat down the road. What’s more, Kaiser estimates that more than eight million children who are citizens but have at least one noncitizen parent will be caught in the cross hairs.”

A new report on  another immigration proposal—the multi-billion dollar plan for a wall on the southern border—reveals it as a complete boondoggle:

“654 miles of walls along the United States’ southern border do not fulfill their ostensible purpose of “securing the border” – in other words, making the country safer or reducing smuggling. Rather, border walls exacerbate flooding by acting like dams; destroy indigenous cultural sites and sensitive ecosystems; and have contributed to thousands of deaths by pushing migrants into more remote, dangerous areas….

“The report suggests that “there is every indication that more waivers will be enacted to build new walls, promising that they will be equally destructive and dismissive of public review and input.” It determines that more border walls would be a “tremendous waste of tax dollars” and recommends that the US halt further construction on them.”

Another interesting fact just brought to light through FOIA: DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson did not tell the truth on June 17, when she tweeted: We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” She had already signed a memo doing just that.

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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