Trump Draft Executive Order Targets Aliens Who Are ‘Public Charges’

Draft policy would deny admission to any alien who is likely to live on public assistance, could impact the entry of residents of the Freely Associated States to the US

By Giff Johnson

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Variety, February 13, 2017) – President Donald Trump is expected to issue an executive order that could affect the entry of residents of the Freely Associated States or FAS to the United States, as well as those currently living in the United States and its territories.

The draft executive order, published by the Washington Post, aims to “ensure the United States does not welcome individuals who are likely to become or have become a burden on taxpayers.” It also targets what it calls “birth tourism” — people who travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children gain U.S. citizenship.

Over the past two years, Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo has voiced increasing concern over the large number of FAS citizens who have stretched Guam social service funding to the “breaking point” and has also engaged in commuting sentences of convicted felons and sending them home, mainly to the Federated States of Micronesia.

Trump’s draft executive order would direct numerous agencies of the U.S. federal government to focus on identifying aliens resident in the U.S. who are “public charges” — meaning living on welfare and related programs — as well as establish policies for evaluating the self-sufficiency of non-U.S. citizens arriving in the U.S.

“Households headed by aliens (legal and illegal) are much more likely than households headed by native-born citizens to use federal means-tests public benefits,” states Trump’s draft executive order. “Our immigration laws must be enforced in a manner that achieves the goal of protecting our taxpayers and promoting self-sufficiency.”

FAS citizens are granted visa-free access to the United States under a Compact of Free Association. Once in the U.S., they are eligible for some of the state and federal public assistance programs for low income residents.

The new executive order would fulfill several of Trump’s campaign promises related to immigration. Actions proposed include:

• Directing the Office of Management and Budget to compile a report detailing how the federal government will save $100 billion by ensuring that aliens receive only public benefits that they are eligible to receive, and that sponsors of aliens fulfill their obligations to reimburse the government for the cost of welfare benefits provided to such aliens.

• Requiring the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department to establish new standards and regulations for determining when aliens will become subject to the “public charge” grounds of inadmissibility and deportation. The draft specifically states the criteria as “their likelihood of requiring public assistance after being admitted to the United States.”

• Directing DHS and the State Department to submit a report on the efforts that they are taking to combat the birth-tourism phenomenon.

The new draft order states clearly that it is U.S. government policy to “deny admission to any alien who is likely to become a public charge,” and “identify and remove, as expeditiously as possible, any alien who has become a public charge and is subject to removal.”

Once it is officially issued, the Department of Homeland Security will be directed to generate “standards for determining which aliens are inadmissible or deportable on public-charge grounds, and that specifies that an alien is inadmissible as a public charge if he is likely to receive, and is deportable as a public charge if he does receive, public benefits for which eligibility or the amount is determined in any way on the basis of income, resources or financial need.”

The Department of Homeland Security will also be required, “Within 270 days of the date of this order, to submit to the president a report in consultation with the secretary of State and the governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, describing steps taken to combat the problem of ‘birth tourism,’ whereby individuals travel for the purpose of giving birth in the United States.”

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Dear United States President, Donald J. Trump. On behalf of my native people and citizen of Federated States of Micronesia, I ask humbly for your reasonable decision of not excluded (them) out, the native citizen (under Compact of Free Association citizen of Federated States of Micronesia...) from the opportunity to take part of good and abiding citizen here in United States and all privileges and opportunity have comes with it, and that including the benefit of welfare assistant will access for food, housing and medical assistant in that respect. The fragile of democracies at home in Federated States of Micronesia today will put more harm and dire consequences of gross negligent on human right violation, ( at home USA and back home in Federated States of Micronesia) if you, President Trump will depriving policy of all natives citizen of their most basic human right by not access them to housing, food, education and medical assistant and others, but put punishment, because the native citizen are poor and uneducated. The vast numbers of native citizen will suffer severe in dire poverty and cruelty because of your policy will be implemented without understanding and find solution to the problem first. However, you must offer solution and opportunity to the problem of making sure my native citizen of Federated States of Micronesia will get more opportunity and job training, and will have access to education instead of put physical and psychological punishment to cut them off completely into severe ill-treatment of bad policy under your Presidency of the United States. I ask your reasonable decision, your leadership and give chances to help improving the living condition of the natives of Federated States of Micronesia citizen were living legally and paid taxes and calling United States their second homes, too. God bless, and respectfully, Angela E. Vanhorn activist for human right

Mr. Donald Trumps, U.S. is testing bombs in one of Marshall Islands Atol, many Islanders died of cancer, children born with deformity, people are suffering from toxicity of these United States testing, yet they are are been ignored and not treated. Now, you want to deport them? They are deserves to live in United States, you claimed these Pacific Island after World war 2, why did U.S. took them from Japanese? Now it's U.S. responsibilities to make sure that they can get medical assistance, and are entitle to live, work, in UNITED!! They should be granted U.S. Citizens Automatically, just like Hawaii. Hawaii was taken by forced without consensus of Islanders citizens! Just like the rest of the South Pacific, Caroline Islands, and FEDERATE of Micronesia islands. Therefore, you must be considerate and not treat Pacific Islanders as foreigner status. Thank You for your consideration kindness in advance!

Dear president Donald J. Trump I beg you to reconsider your decision, we the people of Marshall Islands have been under the care of U.S for decades. We had a treaty but my people suffered from that decision from multiple American bomb testings and now you want us out from America's care. We deserve all that America has to offer us. Our children and elders will suffer if this new U.S law passes. We are NO threat to America but allies to this loving nation. I know you are a man of honor and mercy so ask you, is America the land of the free and great opportunities for all?

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