Green Card Rules from Trump Admin Indicate a Tough, Smart Immigration Policy, Yet Challenges Are Likely

'Principle driving it is an old American value — self-sufficiency'

The Trump administration on Monday issued new rules that will make it much easier to deny green cards to those who could end up on taxpayer-funded welfare programs.

The inevitable court challenges from Democrats are likely to follow.

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said of the new measure, “The principle driving it is an old American value — and that’s self-sufficiency.”

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Good, in my view.

Generally separate from the question of border security and illegal immigration, this new rule speaks to the kind of people we might get to come here and possibly stay here, even on a relatively temporary basis. The U.S. should look to the most industrious and brightest of other nations — and encourage them to immigrate and make this land their home.

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Legal immigration to our shores by those who can better our country is an excellent goal. As we know, the U.S. was immeasurably improved by those who immigrated here during the Ellis Island period.

Before and after that, many came legally and made significant contributions to our society.

Nevertheless, there are people who do not want the best and the most productive individuals to come to America. They want others who can be more easily controlled, others who will vote their way in exchange for income redistribution. The hard Left and their Democratic handmaidens will start the usual furor and let loose their hounds in court on the new Trump rules.

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Are they concerned at all for the U.S. taxpayer, who is picking up the bill for their indirect largesse?

Nah. Have they ever been?

The more sane and less politically avaricious know Americans cannot be asked to pick up the bill for those who now arrive here and may not be able to support themselves. That period, if it ever existed, is over.

There are, of course, extenuating circumstances in some applications for resident status — and those should be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Yes, we are a great and generous people. But our generosity is not unlimited, nor should it be.

A great exception should be made for those foreign nationals who have supported us in wartime, such as interpreters from Iraq or Afghanistan. We owe those people, men who risked their lives and fought with us — and we cannot leave them to the tender mercies of the Islamist fanatics who may take over now or later.

These allies and their families have earned our support.

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However, Americans have enough on their budget plate in dealing with the economic responsibilities of daily life without taking on unfair, or unearned, burdens.

Yes, we are a great and generous people.

But our generosity is not unlimited, nor should it be.

For too long we have tossed national treasure in a bottomless bin by ignoring common-sense immigration standards. We have also pitched loads of foreign aid cash into corrupt, badly governed dirigiste money pits (pretty much like Baltimore) and in other international aid to nations who publicly damn us at the drop of a fez.

The president is changing all that for the better, as he is much else. Bully for him.

David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence; he served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. After that, he worked as a political consultant and ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia. Today he’s a public relations consultant in Washington, D.C. This OpsLens piece is used by permission.

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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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