Legal immigration is now under attack.

Is there anybody who still believes this administration’s “concerns” about immigration are about national security and the economy as opposed to just naked racism? Hopefully not, but just in case there are, Stephen Miller is erasing any doubt.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare, four sources with knowledge of the plan told NBC News.

The move, which would not need congressional approval, is part of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller’s plan to limit the number of migrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year.

Details of the rulemaking proposal are still being finalized, but based on a recent draft seen last week and described to NBC News, immigrants living legally in the U.S. who have ever used or whose household members have ever used Obamacare, children’s health insurance, food stamps and other benefits could be hindered from obtaining legal status in the U.S.

Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected. They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don’t pay enough to support their families.

(cont. NBC News)

Your President and his administration are all racists and his anti-immigrant rhetoric is proof.

“Well people shouldn’t come illegally! We need a wall to keep illegals out!”

Your President and his administration are turning away asylum seekers and separating babies from their parents. Requesting asylum is a legal way to enter the country — they’re not hiding from the government. They need our help.

“Well why should we take in a bunch of freeloaders from countries that can’t take care of their own people? They should get green cards and get jobs and work really hard and then they can be citizens the right way.”

Your President and his administration are making it harder for green card holders to gain citizenship because some of those hard workers are doing jobs that don’t pay enough to live and then have to ask the government for assistance and now they’re being kept from becoming US citizens.

“Well they should get better jobs and then they can stay!”

THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT IMMIGRATION. THIS WAS ABOUT KEEPING BROWN PEOPLE OUT OF THE US AND REMOVING AS MANY AS THEY COULD LEGALLY GET AWAY WITH.

African, Caribbean, and Latin American immigrants do the jobs nobody else wants to do. If you aren’t a “skilled worker” and your English is limited, your job opportunities aren’t great. These folks work hard — HARD!!! — to not only support their families but to keep this country running. We don’t pay them a decent wage because we don’t have to! In a capitalist society built on a very clear stratifications of labor and wages, the multi-millionaire at the top doesn’t have to pay a living wage to the people on the bottom because there will always be a fresh influx of new folks to take over should any of the current workers quit. They get paid pennies because everyone swears the prices of goods would go up so high none of the rest of us would be able to afford them if the people producing the goods got paid enough to live. Never is it suggested we cut into CEO profits — no, we have to keep the poorest among us SUPER poor so the regular-poor and just-above-poor can benefit from those depressed wages in the form of low-cost goods.

Nobody else wants the jobs immigrants do for us. We have fruit rotting on the ground all over California because this administration won’t let immigrants pick it and Republicans — who swear immigrants are stealing their jobs — don’t want *that* job.  I don’t like stereotyping and hopefully that’s not what I’m doing but we also can’t ignore the fact that there is a large workforce of immigrants that make it possible for the rest of us to ignore what it takes to keep a country like this in motion. Agriculture, restaurants, custodial, and service industries rest on a foundation of immigrants (both documented and undocumented) and these bigots are so focused on Making America White Again they haven’t figured out how they’re gonna make white people pick tomatoes and bus tables.

And I wish I could just blame white people and conservatives, but I get my hair cut in a Black barbershop in Harlem.  One of the most popular topics whenever politics comes up is how we shouldn’t be so worried about “illegal Mexicans” and worry about our own communities and jobs for us instead.  Nevermind the fact that over half of the undocumented immigrants in this country are Black people from Africa and the Caribbean, “Mexican Illegals” are bad because they come here and get free handouts and take jobs away that should belong to us because we were here first. It’s straight out of the White Conservative playbook but tweaked a little for poor Black people trying to hold on to whatever tiny piece of the American dream they’ve been able to grab hold to. We were here first and paid our dues and built this country, so it’s not fair that some Mexicans (it’s always Mexicans, anybody brown and speaking Spanish and coming across the border without papers is always Mexican in these “discussions”) can just show up, get a job, and get free money while our own neighborhoods are still rife with crime and unemployment.

It’s a pile of lies and fallacies, a distraction thrown at us by the rich white people at the top and it’s working perfectly. Poor white people, poor Black people, and poor immigrants are all at each other’s throats fighting for scraps while the RICH white people at the top are feasting. A butcher holding a Porterhouse is dangling it in front of three pit bulls who are all fighting each other for it instead of just attacking the butcher who is holding the Porterhouse! They’re going to kill each other while the butcher watches and then carves off a corner for the winner when the three of them should’ve just ripped the butcher’s throat out and kept the whole slab for themselves.

And while we’re fighting each other, we’re being slowly pushed to the margins of this country. It’s harder for POC to vote now than at any point since the 1960s. Legal immigration is being attacked on the grounds that poor people shouldn’t be allowed to become citizens. Tax cuts are being handed down to make the rich richer and further concentrate power in the hands of a tiny percentage of wealthy white people.

There is nothing an immigrant could possibly do that would threaten your livelihood more than what the 1% is doing in Washington.  If that argument doesn’t work on the skeptics in your life, just appeal to their selfishness.  If all the poor people are kicked out of the country, if all the fresh immigrants are kicked out of the country, what do you think happens? That wages go up in your industry or that you will be force down into the industry that has been left open by a mass removal of those workers?   Black people especially like to forget that we’re only a few decades removed from a time where the only jobs we could get were factory work, farm work, or domestic work. Who do you think will be first in line to return there if there’s no immigrant class to prop up American greed at the top?

But it shouldn’t take appeals to selfishness to see that this is just wrong. Someone coming to this country for a better life – working 80 hours a week just to survive because we don’t pay them what they’re worth and doing everything the right way because we told them the American Dream is real and if you just work hard for long enough, you and your family will be rewarded – should not be denied citizenship because his 80-hour paycheck wasn’t big enough to afford healthcare or food. We should be ashamed that anyone has to work 12 hour days and still ask the government for help – but we’re so busy trying to protect our own pennies we can’t even address the real problem.

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