The Trump administration’s war on liberal immigration practices is poised to target “chain migration,” a loophole that allows a legal immigrant to bring their unvetted relatives into the U.S., many of whom are unskilled and destined to survive on welfare.
Finding no benefits to the country from the practice, the White House said that so-called ‘chain migration’ could cost taxpayers upwards of $300 billion annually. The reason for this is the fact that most relatives let in do not have proper job skills. But at the same time, there is virtually no limit to the “chain” that can be used by foreigners to enter the country.
The White House created several charts to show the detrimental effect chain migration has on America, including one that showed how a single immigrant could be responsible for getting another 120 into the U.S. legally, according to a report in The Washington Examiner on Monday.
Over the last decade, 9.3 million immigrants have come in via family ties. The White House points out that this number represents more people flooding into the country than the populations of Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas and Cleveland combined.
Another chart revealed that 65 percent of those who receive American green cards are getting them because of family ties, not because they are needed in the workforce or are refugees.
Once such immigrants arrive in the country, many will become a fiscal burden on taxpayers and eventually get voting rights.
“It’s time to end chain migration,” said the fact sheet, noting,
“Most green cards in the United States are awarded based on an antiquated system of family ties, not skill or merit. This system of chain migration – whereby one immigrant can bring in their entire extended families, who can bring in their families and so on – de-skills the labor force, puts downward pressure on wages, and increases the deficit. Chain migration also undermines national security, by failing to establish merit-based criteria for evaluating entrants into the United States – instead, familial relations are all that is required to obtain a green card and, in turn, become a voting U.S. citizen within a short period of time, with access to federal welfare and government benefits.”
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