Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is already promising to oppose a Trump Administration proposal to limit the number of legal aliens to be granted lawful permanent residence in the U.S., that would be destined for welfare or other social programs upon their arrival.

The Center For Immigration Studies says 63 percent of non-citizens are receiving some form of welfare, and that number could balloon to as high as 70 percent within 10 years. Even when heads of households are working, their education and skills levels are such that they cannot make enough money to support their family

The report says a majority of non-citizens are using the U.S. welfare system and nearly twice as likely to be on welfare as Americans. The findings tend to support the Administration's call for limits.

The Trump Administration has supported a merit-based immigration system that would require most applicants for permanent residency to speak the language,have a job or employment skills, as well as some cash so as not to be a burden on the taxpayer upon their arrival here. Trump says they should also "love America" and want to assimilate.

What is wrong with that?

Baker seems to believe that it's okay to open the floodgates and allow poor, uneducated and unskilled immigrants to poor in unfettered, so that they can compete with lower tier workers in the U.S. and put a strain on taxpayer-funded social programs. How does that make sense?

Attorney General Maura Healey has already announced she plans to sue to block the Trump proposal. This woman needs help.

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Don't you just wish these politicians would spend as much time and energy defending the taxpayer who has to foot the bill for all of this?

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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