Donald Trump’s “Muslim ban” has been roundly criticized as counter to American values (not to mention the First Amendment to the Constitution). Having dealt with “undesirable” immigrants on account of their religion, now it appears he is taking aim at immigrants who are poor.
According to the Washington Post, Trump has drafted an executive order that would allow the government to ban entry into the United States for immigrants who would require public assistance. Even more disturbing, the order contemplates deporting existing immigrants who are currently receiving assistance.
Reports the Post: “The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help.”
The Post explains that the administration would be seeking to “‘deny admission to any alien who is likely to become a public charge’” and to develop standards for ‘determining whether an alien is deportable . . . for having become a public charge within five years of entry’ — receiving a certain amount of public assistance, including food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Medicaid.”