President Trump is signing a memorandum Thursday that will enforce a 23-year-old provision requiring sponsors of legal immigrants in the U.S. to reimburse the government for any social services such as Medicaid or welfare used by the alien, Fox News has learned.
The provision was part of the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Alien Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and Welfare Reform laws that were signed by then-President Bill Clinton, but despite being enshrined in federal law, the rule has not been enforced.
The article goes on to state the following:
Under the provision, each future sponsor of an alien would need to sign an affidavit that would spell out the financial responsibilities for the sponsored alien and create a collection mechanism to recover funds from the sponsor. The Department of Health and Human Services is to collect the data of the sponsors and the immigrants, while the Treasury Department would collect the funds.
The move – part of the president’s push for a merit-based immigration system – is meant to make the person sponsoring the alien responsible for any medical or financial benefits the alien receives.
BREAKING: Trump signing memorandum requiring alien sponsors to pay for social serviceshttps://t.co/a3AsOz6VT0
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