No welfare! That has been one of Team Rubio’s oft-used talking points about its amnesty bill.

Rubio’s chief of staff, Cesar Conda:

Conda retweeted this:

Rubio press secretary Alex Conant, the guy who recently likened Green Card holders to slaves, retweeted this:

Sen. Rubio himself has spread the no-welfare meme on numerous occasions:

“They don’t qualify for any federal benefits including Obamacare, no welfare, no food stamps.”

 “And then they don’t qualify for any federal benefits. This is an important point. No federal benefits, no food stamps, no welfare, no Obamacare.”

Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, has actually read the bill; she discovered that the no-welfare claim doesn’t hold up to scrutiny:

Senator McCain announced on April 9 that the bill’s authors “do not intend to have the proposals that we are enacting be additional costs to the taxpayers of America.” That’s outrageously untrue.

So is Senator Rubio’s claim that illegal immigrants granted provisional status will “have to be able to support themselves, so they’ll never become a public charge.” The Senate bill does say that, citing the never-enforced section 212(a)(4). But the bill also waives that requirement for anyone who is unemployed, in job training, getting a high school or GED diploma, taking care of a child, younger than 21 or older than 60, or attending college (pp. 99-102). That covers everyone. To stay in this country as a provisional and qualify for a green card in ten years, you need to be working except if you’re not (Sec. 245C(b)).

And that’s not all:

Sections 2106, 2534, 2535, and 2536 put community organizations in charge of educating immigrants about citizenship and American principles. Indoctrination on the merits of a welfare state is more like it. On a smaller scale, this has been going on since 2009. Past grant recipients included One America, a Seattle group that agitates for LGBT and immigrant rights, and Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, which claims to “build political power through citizenship drives and voter registration.”

There’s more. Much more. Read her entire column here.


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