First and second class passengers who arrived in New York Harbor were not required to undergo the inspection process at Ellis Island. Instead, these passengers underwent a cursory inspection aboard ship, the theory being that if a person could afford to purchase a first or second class ticket, they were less likely to become a public charge in America due to medical or legal reasons... [officials felt] more affluent passengers would not end up in institutions, hospitals or become a burden to the state. However, first and second class passengers were sent to Ellis Island for further inspection if they were sick or had legal problems.
This scenario was far different for "steerage" or third class passengers. These immigrants traveled in crowded and often unsanitary conditions near the bottom of steamships with few amenities, often spending up to two weeks seasick in their bunks during rough Atlantic Ocean crossings.
Upon arrival in New York City, ships would dock at the Hudson or East River piers. First and second class passengers would disembark, pass through Customs at the piers and were free to enter the United States. The steerage and third class passengers were transported from the pier by ferry or barge to Ellis Island where everyone would undergo a medical and legal inspection.
The late Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, "It's just obvious you can't have free immigration and a welfare state" and the Obama administration is doing its level best to prove him right.
The national debt stands at $18.5 trillion, more than double the amount when Obama took office. Democrats' massive expansion of the welfare state -- from food stamps, to Social Security Disability fraud, to benefits packages for illegal aliens -- is a primary reason.
As if to spit in the American peoples' face, the administration has published a new immigrant "welcome guide" that instructs aliens how to gain welfare benefits in 14 different languages.
“You or members of your family may be eligible for other federal benefits, depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income level,” the guidebook reads.
Titled the “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants” the publication is available in 14 languages: Arabic, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese,Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese, and two varieties of Chinese.
The guide offers detailed information on the expectations and rights of a permanent resident, tips on settling in the U.S., employment advice, and available public benefits. It also highlights reasons to become a citizen.
“This comprehensive guide contains practical information to help you settle into everyday life in the United States. It also contains basic civics information that introduces you to the U.S. system of government,” U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services explains.
USCIS highlighted the release of the updated guidebook last week. Changes to the document include:
-Revised and updated general information on policies, programs and resources;
-A refreshed layout and design;
-A new chapter called “Taking Care of Your Money” on personal finance, taxes and financial scams; and
-A new chapter called “Understanding Education and Health Care” on the education system, adult education programs, and the health insurance marketplace.
The “Understanding Education and Health Care” section offers information about the public school system, English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, financial aid for college, and adult education. Additionally the section delves into healthcare options including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and accessing the Obamacare marketplaces.
“The Marketplace will allow you to compare certain types of private health insurance plans, get answers to questions, find out if you are eligible for financial support to help pay for the cost of coverage, and enroll in a health care plan that meets your needs,” the guidebook reads. “Permanent residents and certain other people with lawful immigration status may qualify for Marketplace insurance.”
Additionally the guidebook also offers tips on accessing public benefits like food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and other federal benefits accessible at www.benefits.gov. The section about food stamps advices:
Some immigrants, including children, may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP provides you with funds to help you buy food at grocery stores. Some states have their own state-funded food assistance programs with different rules for immigrant eligibility that may vary from state to state. For information about SNAP and the eligibility requirements, visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap. Information about SNAP is available in 36 different languages at www.fns.usda.gov/documents- available-other-languages.
The revamped guidebook comes following a recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies revealing that 51 percent of households headed by a legal or illegal immigrant reported using welfare in 2012, compared to 30 percent of native-headed households.
It is truly pathetic that this administration is expanding benefits for aliens while at the same time slashing benefits for veterans and operating the criminally negligent, single-payer health care program known as the Veterans Administration.
This Democrat Party is an outrage and needs to be destroyed at the ballot box in 2016.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.