President Donald Trump is already presiding over some steep changes in the way the United States enforces its illegal immigration policies, and his administration is now turning its eye to another huge problem facing our country: Legal immigration. To put it another way, legal immigration that actually doesn’t do anything beneficial for our country. To fine-tune the system, Trump’s Department of Homeland Security is proposing new rules that will block immigrants from obtaining visas, green cards, and permanent citizenship if they have been, or are likely to become, “public charges.”
To be a public charge is to essentially leech off the system. It is a phrase used to describe individuals who go on various forms of welfare, be it healthcare solutions, food stamps, or what have you. With the new rules, Trump is attempting to crack down on those immigrants who will take more from the United States than they give back.
And part of that crackdown will be an effort to block those immigrants who do not speak English.
“English language proficiency is a skill that also is relevant in determining whether an alien is likely to become a public charge in the future,” the draft regulation says. “People with the lowest English speaking ability tend to have the lowest employment rate, lowest rate of full-time employment, and lowest median earnings. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, people who spoke a language other than English at home were less likely to be employed, and less likely to find full-time work when employed. In a 2005 study, ‘on average, workers who spoke only English earned $5,600 more than people who spoke another language.’”
While we’re sure that dividing legal immigrants and their statuses by their English language proficiency will enrage the Democrats, this decision couldn’t come at a more timely moment. Just last week, the Center for Immigration Studies released a Census analysis that showed just how widespread non-English speakers were becoming in America’s largest cities. In fact, the CIS report showed that more than 48% of residents in the five most populous American cities speak a language other than English at home.
Diversity, diversity, rah, rah, rah, and all of that, but when you have a country where no one can understand each other, that’s a problem. And when you have a country that takes in immigrants who immediately retreat to their cultural enclaves and proceed to live off the good will of the American taxpayer, that’s an even bigger problem.
Trump is trying to fix some of the glaring holes in our system, but we’re sure his critics will just label him a xenophobic racist. Oh well.