Push for Criminal Immigrants Despite Poverty and Unemployment

By Joe Guzzardi 
Paul Ryan, U. S. Representative, Chairman of the House Budget Committee and former vice-presidential candidate recently declared that the federal war on poverty "has failed miserably." No one argues. During the fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson first promised to end poverty, the United States has wasted $15 trillion; 46 million Americans live in poverty and 15 million more receive food stamps than before the 2007 recession started. The complete story is worse than Ryan indicated. For every job that the White House claims to have created, two Americans have been added to the food stamp roles. Over the weekend, the Associated Press reported that four out of five U.S. adults have struggled with joblessness, near-poverty or welfare reliance for at least parts of their lives, a sure sign that the economy is deteriorating and the American dream more elusive than ever. Despite the obvious truth that the last thing the nation needs when so many Americans are suffering is more people, especially more poor people like those who would be invited through the ill-conceived Senate immigration bill, S. 744, advocacy for the legislation grinds on. Poorly written immigration bills like S. 744 translate into importing poverty. Historically, immigration legislation admitted only the foreign-born who would be self-sufficient. Those who entered but became welfare dependent were subject to deportation under the policy then known as the public charge doctrine. Today, because of political correctness, the public charge doctrine has disappeared. Continue Reading 

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