BORDER CRISIS: 22% of US population no longer speaks English at home, says report

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 22 percent of the U.S. population does not speak English at home, says a new report published by the Migration Policy Institute. Further, some 13.5 percent of the U.S. population– roughly 44 million — is foreign born, the highest level ever on record.

According to the report, released on Tuesday, the states with the highest non-English speaking residents were Nevada, at 31 percent and Florida, which closely followed at 29 percent.

In addition, the report suggests that immigrants are now expanding to more rural areas throughout the United States instead of congregating in major cities, as once was the case.

According to the statistics, the states with the highest foreign-born population are North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Nevada, Washington, Iowa, and Maryland.

“Approximately nine million immigrants, or one in every five, reside in these 15 states.” said the report.

Mexicans and Cubans dominated the numbers in regard to immigration, says the report, followed by immigrants from India and China.

Most disturbing, illegal immigrants outnumber those who came to the U.S. legally, declare the findings.

“More than 1.6 million foreign nationals in the top 15 states obtained lawful permanent residence (LPR status, also known as getting a green card) between fiscal year (FY) 2010 and 2016,” the report reads. “They accounted for 22 percent of the 7.4 million immigrants who received green cards during the same period nationwide. The 15 states were home to about 1.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the 2010-14 period, or about 15 percent of the 11 million unauthorized population in the United States.”

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‘NO MORE FREE RIDE’: Trump targets illegals on welfare; New plan may deny DACA applicants permanent residency

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration on Wednesday announced plans to target illegal immigrants who are receiving public benefits.

According to a report published by The Washington Post, a new proposal would penalize illegal immigrants who accept public benefits and could be used to deny them legal residency.

If approved, the proposal may impact DACA recipients who were granted temporary residency under the Obama administration, preventing them from obtaining full legal staus.

“The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer by ensuring that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S. are self-sufficient,” DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman told the Post in a statement. “DHS will consider whether the alien being a dependent or having dependents … makes it more or less likely that the alien will become a public charge.”

The president’s plan, which has been in the works for months, is in stark contrast to current guidelines, which have been in place since 1999 and specifically bar authorities from considering the receipt of benefits in deciding a person’s eligibility to immigrate to the United States or stay in the country.

“Non-citizens who receive public benefits are not self-sufficient and are relying on the U.S. government and state and local entities for resources instead of their families, sponsors or private organizations,” the Trump administration argued last month. “An alien’s receipt of public benefits comes at taxpayer expense and availability of public benefits may provide an incentive for aliens to immigrate to the United States.”

“The administration is committed to enforcing existing immigration law, which is clearly intended to protect the American taxpayer,” Tyler Houlton, a DHS spokesman said in February. “Any potential changes to the rule would be in keeping with the letter and spirit of the law – as well as the reasonable expectations of the American people for the government to be good stewards of taxpayer funds.”

Critics of the plan claim the proposal is cruel and forces illegal immigrants to choose between obtaining benefits and becoming legal citizens.

“It’s striking that the administration seems to be considering a version that goes even further, and they’re actively considering whether to use this rule to create new grounds for deporting legal immigrants,” Mark Greenberg, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, told the Post.

In addition to cash benefits, the proposal includes other taxpayer-funded benefits including the Earned Income Tax Credit, health insurance subsidies and food stamps.

The proposal is awaiting final approval from DHS secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. If enacted, it would take full approval by the end of the year.

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