Trump's current presidency never would have happened if Trump were president in 1885
In 1885, President Donald Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Trump, emigrated to the United states at the age of 16.
He came from Kallstadt, Palatinate (then part of the Kingdom of Bavaria) and wouldn't become a legal U.S. citizen until 7 years later in 1892. Yes, Trump's grandfather was an illegal immigrant.
When he came here he had barely any wealth, no high school diploma, and under President Trump's new "public charge" rule, it's almost certain he would have been rejected by the U.S. customs and border patrol.
The new rule was announced on Monday morning at the White House by Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. It will make it harder for poor legal immigrants who rely on basic governmental services like food stamps and subsidized housing to win legal permanent status.
You can pretty much bet that rules out any future presidents from this group's offspring.
“The benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens, as legal permanent residents first, who can stand on their own two feet, who will not be reliant on the welfare system, especially in the age of the modern welfare state which is so expansive and expensive,” Mr. Cuccinelli said.
Trump's grandfather would eventually become wealthy living the American dream, but that was only after years of hard work. He initially started out as a barber. Later, he moved up to owning brothels and restaurants. He never would have had these opportunities to thrive were it not for the United States, especially during these economic times. Donald Trump never would have been born as a citizen here.
For some reason, Trump refuses to ignore all of this personal family history. Somehow, Trump only remembers coming from a rich family, this was all way before him.
The new administration rule heavily criticizes the financial well-being of people who are in the United States on temporary visas, so if you are rich you're much more likely to be granted a green card.
Immigration officials will also consider an immigrants, age, health, family status, assets, resources and education, but receiving benefits is said to be a major red flag for denying permanent status.
“This news is a cruel new step toward weaponizing programs that are intended to help people by making them, instead, a means of separating families and sending immigrants and communities of color one message: you are not welcome here,” said Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.
She added: “It will have a dire humanitarian impact, forcing some families to forgo critical lifesaving health care and nutrition. The damage will be felt for decades to come.”