Public Charges



“If on such examination there shall be found among such passengers any convict, lunatic, idiot, or any person unable to take care of him or herself without becoming a public charge, they shall report the same in writing to the collector of such port, and such person shall not be permitted to land.”

1882 Federal Immigration Act

The  Left, go here for a sample of the hysteria. is having a meltdown over the fact that the US is going to actually enforce the over a century policy of not allowing immigrants to be public charges:


Under the rule, a public charge is now defined as an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36-month period. For instance, receipt of two different benefits in one month counts as two months. A public charge inadmissibility determination is prospective and looks at whether an individual is likely at any point in the future to become a public charge as we define it in the regulation.

Public benefits are defined as federal, state, and local as well as tribal cash assistance for income maintenance and a small list of non-cash benefits. Some examples of the public benefits that are part of the role are general assistance, SSI, SNAP, most forms of Medicaid, and certain subsidized housing programs.

Significantly the rule does not consider many forms of government assistance that protect children and pregnant women’s health as public benefits. Generally, this includes emergency medical assistance, disaster relief, national school lunch programs, WIC, CHIP, Medicaid received by people under the age of 21 or pregnant women as well as foster care and adoption subsidies; student and mortgage loans; energy assistance; food pantries; homeless shelters and head start.

It is important to note this rule will apply prospectively only to applications and petitions received starting on October 15 of this year. Once this rule is implemented and effective on October 15, USCIS career immigration services offer–officers what we call ISOs will generally consider an alien’s current and past receipt of the designated public benefits while in the United States as a negative factor when examining applications. However, receipt of certain non-cash benefits received before October 15 will not be considered as a negative factor.

The underlying statute passed on a bipartisan basis also requires officers to assess at a minimum each applicant’s age; health; family status; assets; resources and financial status; and their education and skills as well as other factors set forth in the rule in the totality of the circumstances. The totality of the circumstances means that officers will assess all of the evidence related to these factors, and no one factor alone will decide an applicant’s case. Most of these factors are the ones Congress mandated us to review when considering immigration benefit applications.

Go here to read the rest.  Myself, I would prefer a ban against all public assistance for immigrants for the first ten years of their stay on these shores, or until they become citizens.  The Emma Lazarus poem New Colossus, which is on the base of the statue of liberty was written in 1883, the year after the immigration act of 1882:


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”


You can look long and hard in that poem and you will see no statement calling upon immigrants to receive public assistance.  Of course the very idea would have struck Lazarus and her contemporaries as absurd.  Public assistance was virtually non-existent, and assistance was by private charity, the type of charity Lazarus helped establish, The Hebrew Technical Institute, to give vocational training  to Jewish immigrants from Russia and Eastern Europe to New York City, who rapidly found jobs and stood on their own two feet.



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  1. The British soldiers were quartered in the colonists’ homes without the colonists’ permission. This led to the War for Independence.
    Alien invaders who break into a person’s home and demand to become a member of the family are to be sent home to their own family.

  2. Whenever you now hear any discussion or debate about “immigration,” think the word “Vote.” NEVER forget: the Party of Death has figured out that their client minoirities are learning the truth and will no longer vote 100% en masse, and in some places 105%, for democrats. If these percentages go even 15% south for the democrats, they lose strongholds they have occupied for over a century. To replace these folks, the ones leaving the welfare plantation, they must find new victims. Enter the “immigrnat”- whom poll after poll shows votes overwhelmingly – legally and illegally – for democrats-SURPRISE!!

    This debate has nothing to do with the Sermon on the Mount, Christian charity, what would Jesus do, breaking up families, or being a good smaritan- this has to do with raw, political power and the democrat realization that theirs is on the decline. When a wolf in a miter says “Let them come,” know full well the predator and pervert prelates are only protecting the cash flow of billions of federal dollars to them.

    As an aside, perhaps now they regret their RETA policy – racial eugenic targeted abortion – that has killed about 30,000,000 new serfs who, aborted, will never toil in their Party Of Death fields.

    Guy, Texas

  3. Because most of them will vote Democrat for more free stuff.

    “Daddy, why is the sky blue?”

    When did Dems and socialist justice warriors [Free Everything For Everybody On The Planet] become “Pavlov’s Dogs?” I’m voting for 1913. They simply became louder and more stupider.

    The Dems failed to dump Trump. And. they have gone nuts.

  4. Borders are a natural element of any distinct being: person, home, business, nation … Church, Tabernacle. On one side is this, on the other side something else. Those outside have always wanted to take that which is inside of another’s. It’s a sinful world after all. What do good people do in response? Give away hearth and home, women and children to Barbarians at the gate? Or keep what is naturally ours.

    In 1836, Mexico sent its invading army of 6,000 troops into America because they claimed Texas and California for themselves.

    America sent an invading army of 5,000 troops the other way, into Mexico, because we claimed Texas and California for ourselves.

    Mexico under General Santa Ana was defeated shortly after the 1837 battle of the Alamo, bravely defended by American heroes. American migration into Texas continued. America endured.

    Mexico under General Scott defeated Mexico at Chapultepec by new American heroes and our American southern border states were secured. America expanded.

    Invasions are the way of the world. They have always been. The difference between defeated and victors are courage, strength and will (and God’s Providence). If America no longer has confidence in itself or a reason to exist, it will be defeated by a foreign enemy. Conflict will come, we will either fight or not, but lacking confidence in our moral gifts and political superiority we will be defeated and replaced. Open the doors and become what our conquerors wish.

    The current invasion has already well begun. They populate our political, media and educational ramparts. Do we care enough to reclaim and fight for America? Does it even matter?

  5. Yes, we do care. Yes, it does matter. That is why we elected President Trump and Vice President Pence.
    Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services is an excellent choice. As Attorney General of Virginia he held fast to Old Dominion conservative values. In the 2013 VA gubernatorial election he lost to the Clinton’s bag man, McAuliffe by 2.5% of total votes cast. The Libertarian candidate received 6.5%.
    The left is rabid over Cuccinelli’s appointment and the media is hand in glove with the left in trying to discredit him. He’s not a pushover; he’s a principled man who won’t back down. .

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