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The Washington Post has obtained drafts of two executive orders making the rounds at the White House. They enable the deporting of legal immigrants if they use social services within their first five years in the country. These services includ Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, and the children's Health Insurance Program.

They also order Homeland Security to issue a rule declaring immigrants who are likely to qualify for any welfare benefit "determined in any way on the basis of income, resources, or financial need" to be denied entry into the country.

They fortify an existing but rarely used law that requires the person sponsoring an immigrant to reimburse the federal government for any benefit the immigrant used.

Additionally, they direct the government to publish regular reports on the cost of benefits used by immigrants in the US and how that money could be "reinvested" in inner cities. These reports would include the cost of the entire Refugee Assistance Program, funds used to help settle, employ, and teach English to immigrants who come into the country for humanitarian reasons.

The drafts also prevent unauthorized immigrants from getting the child tax credit, even if the child is a US citizen, and eligibility for social security while unauthorized, even if they have paid into the system using a false social security number -- as many immigrants do.

So much for "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." Lady Liberty must be sobbing inside. If either of these orders are signed, a lot of immigrants certainly will be.

For more
Copy of the draft Exeuctive Order obtained by VOX:

Washington Post: Trump administration circulates more draft immigration restrictions, focusing on protecting U.S. jobs

Vox Article:

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