Let’s clear up the hysteria surrounding this public charge rule.
1. Doesn’t apply to those who have green cards
2. Doesn’t consider benefits received for US-born children
3. Is in fact centuries old
4. Exempts emergency medical care
“And contrary to the “attack on immigrant families” malarkey, the rule is narrower than it could be. It applies only to people applying for green cards, not to people who already have green cards and apply for citizenship. It doesn’t consider benefits received on behalf of U.S.–born children, or the school-lunch program, or the Earned Income Tax Credit, or emergency medical care, or disaster assistance. It also doesn’t necessarily apply to one-time receipt of a welfare benefit, but sets dollar-amount or duration thresholds, below which the public-charge rule wouldn’t apply. And refugees and asylum recipients, among others, are exempt altogether.”
Here, from CIS Executive Director Mark Krikorian, on NRO.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, photo, City of Atlanta
September 16, 2018
Taxpayers shouldn’t foot bill for Bottoms’ open-borders stance
As if to underline liberals’ mindlessness on our national illegal immigration crisis, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has ended the city’s association with ICE on detention of illegal aliens awaiting deportation.
The city will now lose about $7.5 million in annual revenue from the feds. “It is a significant financial hit to our budget,” says Bottoms. “That shows how strongly the city of Atlanta feels about the position as it relates to ICE.” She also proudly uses taxpayer funds to support the victims of borders with legal defense in the same deportation proceedings.
Now illegal aliens who are captured here will be held in South Georgia – separated from any metro-area families by a far greater distance. “Atlanta will no longer be complicit in a policy that intentionally inflicts misery on a vulnerable population,” said the mayor.
Bottoms says she objects to the Trump doctrine of border security – even for illegal crossers who use children as shields. But it’s not clear if she understands that ICE is not involved in enforcement at the border.
It looks like Bottoms simply objects to borders and is willing to prove it with other people’s money.
D.A. KING, PRESIDENT, THE DUSTIN INMAN SOCIETY
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, photo, City of Atlanta
You may have heard that Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms hates ICE and immigration enforcement and has stopped holding illegal aliens – including human trafficking criminals – in the Atlanta jail to prove it. Her Executive Order here.
The liberal Atlanta Daily World newspaper in Atlanta reports that Atlanta is now the nation’s major hub for human trafficking and child sex exploitation.
Atlanta is No. 1 Hub For Human Trafficking, Buckhead Cascade Links Launch Campaign to Fight It
Atlanta is routinely renowned as the capital of the south and home to civil rights and black political icons. Now, much to its chagrin, Atlanta has achieved a new dastardly distinction. It is the nation’s major hub for human trafficking and child sex exploitation.
More than 12 million human beings—and some 1 million children—are forcibly enslaved and trafficked worldwide in what has escalated into a $32 billion illegal industry. It is a shameful and sordid saga that tarnishes Atlanta’s otherwise impressive image.“I am so embarrassed that we go from number one as the most sex trafficking city in the United States,” laments childhood sexual abuse advocate Ann Platz, a board member of Well Spring Living. “That needs to grieve the citizens of Atlanta. While we are doing a lot of wonderful things, our children are being taken and other people’s children are being trafficked through our beautiful city. We need to be known as the city that stopped sex trafficking and that we ran it out of here.”… The entire report here.
The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) division of ICE investigates violations and enforces human trafficking laws.
Would Mayor Bottoms rather virtue signal against ICE and immigration enforcement than protect children from sex exploitation?
We think the answer is “yes.”
Bottoms Transfers ICE inmates; Gwinnett Eyes Taking Them
by Phil Kent | Sep 7, 2018 |
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms yesterday signed an executive order ending the city’s contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and calling for all remaining illegal alien detainees to be transferred out of the Atlanta City Detention Center. Critics say it basically turns Atlanta into a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants and prompted neighboring Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway to tell InsiderAdvantage: “I am open to take a look at holding these ICE prisoners and willing to talk to ICE about it.”
The federal ICE agency, tasked with not just arresting and deporting illegal aliens but also sex and drug traffickers, pays for the housing of criminal immigrants. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the lost revenue represents one-fifth of the Atlanta’s jail’s budget.
Atlanta, though, has enough money to fund a legal defense fund for illegal aliens. Just last November, the city set aside $150,000 of taxpayer money for legal defense for people who are accused of running afoul of federal immigration law under a program with the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.
Bottoms turned to an advisory board for advice on the executive order and a look at the membership reveals it is heavy with former inmates, self-described left-wing activists and Atlanta immigration attorney Charles Kuck.
“The new mayor has set up an advisory board consisting of well-known corporate-funded, anti-enforcement immigration activists and seems to have adopted the leftist open borders agenda and run with it,” says D.A. King, president of the Dustin Inman Society. “It raises the question: is the city getting too much funding from taxpayers? Mayor Bottoms has enough taxpayer funding to offer legal assistance to illegal aliens facing deportation and enough to end a program that reportedly represents a fifth of the revenue for jail funding. Add to that the family separation hardship she has inflicted on the families of illegal aliens who are captured in the future and will now be transferred to distant south Georgia holding facilities instead of being close by in the Atlanta jail.”
Phil Kent is the CEO and publisher of InsiderAdvantage and a regular panelist on Fox5Atlanta’s Sunday Georgia Gang broadcast. Here.
- Senator McKoon’s original letter to Col. McDonough here
- Original ICE/DPS 287(g) MOU here.
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