Biden administration reversing Trump ban, will give taxpayer funds to illegal immigrant college students


WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration is reversing a Trump-era policy that prohibited illegal immigrant college students and international students from receiving federal relief grants meant to help pay for expenses like food, housing, and child care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Those students, along with refuges and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients are now able to apply for education assistance provided through the $36 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), passed last year as part of the CARES Act.

Under new rules, the Department of Education will allow undocumented immigrant students, including but not limited to DACA students, to request aid as long as they have been enrolled at the college or university inside the United States since March 13, 2020.

March 13, 2020 is the date that the United States declared a national emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Education issued a clarification Tuesday pointing out that refugees, asylum-seekers and illegal aliens who are not enrolled in DACA are also eligible for the education grants.

The Trump administration issued a restriction on federal pandemic aid in 2020, limiting eligibility to students who were eligible for federal financial aid under the Higher Education Act of 1965. Those Trump-era rules excluded international and undocumented students, who cannot access federal college assistance.

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday announced finalization of the new rule to allow higher education institutions to begin distribution of the billions in federal pandemic relief grants to all students, regardless of their status or whether they qualify for federal aid:

“The pandemic didn’t discriminate which students got COVID, so the final rule does allow for all students… make sure that all students have an opportunity to have access to the funds to help them get back on track.”

Cardona said the rule change will allow funds to reach those who need it most:

“These funds are critical to ensuring that all of our nation’s students – particularly those disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic – have the opportunity to enroll, continue their education, graduate, and pursue their careers.

“With this action, thousands of institutions will be able to provide direct relief to students who need it most, so we can make sure that we not only recover from the pandemic, but also build back even stronger than before.”

Illegal aliens and other students ineligible for federal student aid were blocked from receiving COVID relief since April 2020, when then-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued guidelines creating the restrictions.

In June 2020, DeVos said the regulation restrictions were made because taxpayers wanted to support U.S. students during the pandemic:

“It’s clear the CARES Act was written to help Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. taxpayers have long supported U.S. students pursuing higher education, and this rule simply ensures the continuity of that well-established policy.”

The new rule had been blasted by some Republicans, including Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the ranking Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee. She said that giving free money to illegal aliens is an insult to Americans:

“Secretary Cardona’s decision to give free money to illegal immigrants and foreign students is an insult to every American. The law is clear; federal funds are for hardworking citizens.”

“President Biden is fueling an immigration crisis, and this final rule exacerbates the emergency at the southern border. I call on elected Democrats to stop swindling law-abiding citizens, put Americans first, and respect the sacrifice of hardworking taxpayers.”

In the rule codifying the policy change, the Biden administration claimed the pandemic has disproportionately affected immigrant communities and people of color. The rule says:

“In their capacity as students, undocumented persons, like all postsecondary students, pursue degrees, obtain employment commensurate with their educational attainment and in doing so contribute to the greater good of the economy and society as a whole.

“The Department has been persuaded, therefore, by the public comments received that there is no good policy reason to treat them differently.”

There are some 450,000 undocumented students enrolled in the nation’s higher-education system, according to the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

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Report: Biden administration offering work permits to illegal immigrants ordered deported

May 9, 2021


WASHINGTON, DC – The Biden administration announced this week that they are reversing the rule change proposed by President Trump that would have prevented the issuance of work permits to illegal aliens who have been ordered deported from the United States by a federal immigration judge.

Justifying the reversal, the administration said the rule “would impose exorbitant costs and burdens on U.S. employers related to labor turnover.”

In the withdrawal of the Trump administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued in the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security wrote:

“This NPRM proposed to eliminate employment authorization… for individuals who have a final order of removal and are released on an order of supervision with a narrow exception. In response to the NPRM, DHS received more than 302 comments during the 30-day public comment period.

“Nearly 98 percent of commenters opposed the proposed rule, with several commenters specifically requesting that DHS withdraw the NPRM.

Less than 2 percent expressed support for the rule with such commenters generally supporting the rule because they believed it would deter illegal immigration and protect U.S. workers.”

DHS wrote that the comments they received  who opposed the NPRM were concerned about illegal aliens’ ability to support their families, as well as, the effect on employers of illegal aliens:

“The commenters who opposed the NPRM argued that it would significantly limit the ability of individuals who have a final order of removal and are released on an order of supervision to legally work, be self-sufficient, and support their families, which may include U.S. citizen children and lawful permanent resident spouses or partners.

“Several commenters also noted the proposed rule would impose exorbitant costs and burdens on U.S. employers related to labor turnover and the proposed E-Verify requirement.”

Jessica Vaughan, with the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart News that the reversal by the Biden administration is “a de facto amnesty” for illegal aliens:

“This is yet another common sense Trump reform that is being reversed,” Vaughan said. “Most Americans would be astounded to hear that in 2019 the government issued more than 25,000 work permits to people who have been ordered removed by an immigration judge.

These are often criminals who can’t be deported because their home country refuses to take them back.

“So, we just let them stay, with benefits like a work permit. The Trump administration finally got around to stopping this practice, but not fast enough to keep it from being undone,” Vaughan continued.

“We can expect the Biden administration to use the work permit authority to the maximum extent possible, because it’s a de facto amnesty that is easier than trying to get an amnesty bill through Congress.”

The reversal of the NPRM comes as the southern border faces a crisis and the Biden administration loosens enforcement provisions for immigration officials.

DHS has been issuing illegal border crossers with one-year permits to live in the United States, often without proper clearances and without COVID-19 testing.

Once inside the U.S., border crossers are able to apply for work permits through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency to take U.S. jobs.

According to Todd Bensman, of the Center for Immigration Studies, border crossers are boarding Greyhound buses after they are given parole to travel to states like New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Indiana, Texas, and Georgia.

Biden has also ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers to only detain and arrest illegal aliens who commit specific violent crimes against Americans. This policy allows dangerous criminals from other countries to enter and remain inside the U.S.

The issuance of work permits to illegal aliens being permitted to remain inside the U.S. and take jobs comes as Americans face one of the worst economic crises to strike the U.S. triggered by the pandemic. 16.4 million Americans remain jobless, and an additional five million remain underemployed. 




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