Aug 222012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano failed to respond by deadline to a request from Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, for an explanation on their less than rigid requirements for immigrants and visa applicants not be reliant on government programs.

“It is unacceptable that Secretary Napolitano and Secretary Clinton have not seen fit to respond to our oversight letter,” Sessions said in a statement.

Immigration regulations require that individuals demonstrate an ability to provide for themselves so they do not enter the country as a “public charge” — an immediate dependency risk. In other words, immigrants considered likely to be dependent on government assistance are inadmissible.

“Under their agencies’ guidelines,” Sessions continued, “an able-bodied, working-age immigrant could receive the bulk of his or her income in the form of federal assistance and still not be deemed welfare-reliant.”

The beef Rep. Sessions has with the gals, and you’ll probably agree, is that housing, food stamps, Medicaid, energy assistance, child care services and a host of other programs are not considered in the determination of whether a non-citizen is a public charge. As a result, non-citizens can apply for entry into the country and request food stamps, housing, child care and more — yet they are not considered dependent on government.

Go figure.

As for the gal pals, the reason they failed to respond to Sessions request for an explanation by deadline is unknown. Napolitano is probably busy putting out fires regarding her DHS amazons and the sorority-house sexual harassment charges. As for Clinton, speculation is she is meeting secretly with clandestine jihadists. But that’s unconfirmed.


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