No wards or criminals need apply
The rule that new immigrants not receive public welfare is reasonable.
The writer entered America in 1957 by ship as an immigrant. Before receiving immigration visas after a seven-year wait, we were asked: “Will you promise to not become a public ward or carry weapons?” Breaking the promise meant immediate return to the country of origin. My mother had to wait for a year to prove the “shadow” in her lung was stable.
All my fellow shipmates were pounding the streets within a day looking for jobs, the mothers preparing food for their families, and all continued to learn English.
Within a year, I was serving in the United States Army, but accepted an M1 Rifle only after being assured that it was OK in uniform.
It is reasonable not to import welfare recipients or criminals who are the wards of other countries.
– Andre N. Minuth, Fresno