We have heard this argument over and over and it is true. I stumbled upon this immigration form that probably only legal immigrants and their sponsors are aware of. It is form I-864. The purpose of the form:
To show that the applying immigrant has enough financial support to live without concern of becoming reliant on U.S. government welfare.Legal immigrants are not supposed to end up on welfare at all. The sponsor has a financial obligation to the immigrant they are sponsoring. The following is from form I-864 and explains the sponsors obligation:
What Does Signing the Form I-864 Require Me to do?When the government grants amnesty who is the sponsor? The government. Is welfare 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines? If not, does that mean illegal immigrants have a legal right to more money than a legal citizen on welfare?
If an intending immigrant becomes a permanent resident in the United States based on a Form I-864 that you have signed, then, until your obligations under the Form I-864 terminate, you must:
- Provide the intending immigrant any support necessary to maintain him or her at an income that is at least 125 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for his or her household size (100 percent if you are the petitioning sponsor and are on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and the person is your husband, wife, unmarried child under 21 years old.)
- Notify USCIS of any change in your address, within 30 days of the change, by filing Form I-865.