Feds Won’t Investigate Immigrants Who Become ‘Public Charge’ in Violation of Law

In a response letter to four top Republican lawmakers, the Department of  Homeland Security revealed it only initiated one case against an immigrant for  becoming a “public charge,” or being primarily dependent upon the government, in  fiscal year 2012. The case was later withdrawn.

While the department’s response to Republican Sens. Jeff Sessions, Chuck  Grassley, Orrin Hatch and Pat Roberts’ August oversight request offered an overview of the  centuries-old federal public-charge restrictions,  it noticeably avoided several of the senators’ direct questions and  demonstrated potentially significant inadequacies in record-keeping by  immigration officials, who legally should be enforcing public-charge rules for  immigrants both inside and outside of the country. (RELATED:  Is DHS ignoring law barring immigrants who are dependency  risks?)

The response, for example, failed to explain why immigrants are only assessed  for their potential reliance on just two of the more than 80 federal  means-tested welfare programs when the government determines if they are “public  charges” prior to their entry into the U.S. — meaning that they are likely to  become primarily dependent on federal aid for subsistence after arriving.

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