So that no one has to live like this:
People having their families is critical to letting them function, particularly if they’re planning to live here longer than a few months.
And the idea that the immigrants are causing the jam is flatly false.
It’s hammfisted policy, which States & cities know is counter-productive, which is why they don’t cooperate. It’s not worth it in terms of manpower or court time to chase after & deport people who aren’t causing harm. ICE does it to themselves.
jus soli has been U.S. policy for over a century, and I’m not here to argue with you whether that was wise.
What I’m pointing out here, is that since it is children of immigrants who are citizens that disproportionally get to use these benefits, and the rest are afraid to come near it, the actual per estimate for how much illegals use of Federal benefits is low.
It’s been established before that it’s local & State services are what are hit hardest, not Federal Programs.
For Federal purposes, illegals are a fiscal boon. So if you were looking for an outsized impact, you were looking in the wrong place.
Lincoln was evolving on this position, and was talking about giving it to African soldiers who served in the Union Army, and it’s likely, had he lived, he would have concluded to go even further.
He originally didn’t even want to fight a war to end Slavery or destroy “Slave Power”, he certainly adjusted his point of view on that.
And I meant what I said, if you read the debates on the 14th amendment in the Congressional Globe, you will see them discussing Women’s right, and that of “Asiatics”. The push for this was so strong, that the 15th Amendment was nearly the 18th in affording suffrage. If they had stuck to it’s original draft, it would have been.