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Of the 118,004 immigrant visa applications denied under the regulation, 113,087 were able to overcome the ineligibility finding and obtain visas based on an affidavit of support by a sponsor.
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DHS Attempting to Conceal Information
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Four powerful Republican senators are demanding answers to questions they posited to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in early August regarding the apparent watering down of immigration regulations which prohibit those seeking residency or citizenship from being primarily reliant on welfare, or a public charge.

The Department of Homeland Security missed the Aug. 20 deadline and has yet to respond. Also addressed in the initial letter was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The State Department did respond, claiming that the majority of the inquiry fell under the purview of DHS.

In a letter sent to Napolitano Tuesday, and obtained by The Daily Caller, the ranking members of the Senate Finance, Agriculture, Budget, and Judiciary Committees --- Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley respectively -- requested answers to their initial questions, specifically pertaining to why participation in a majority of welfare programs fails to disqualify immigrants who apply for admission or status adjustments.

“Your failure to respond to our oversight request is deeply troubling, and suggests that your Department is attempting to conceal information from the American people,” the senators wrote.

The four demanded that the Department offer all the data they requested back on Aug. 6 -- an explanation about how the watered down approach fits congressional intent, the number of aliens denied admittance due to being a dependency risk, the number that became a public charge once admitted, the number admitted even though they were a dependency risk because the applicant offered an affidavit of support, and if the answers are unavailable, why the agencies do not track the data.

In their most recent letter, the senators also ask for the number of applications received each year.

A GOP senate staffer noted to TheDC that the information should be readily available and easy to provide...

From 2001 to 2011 118,004 immigrants and 11,233 nonimmigrants, or those seeking temporary admission, were denied visas based on INA 212 (a)(4), the regulation which prohibits admission of aliens likely to “at any time become a public charge.”

Of the 118,004 immigrant visa applications denied under the regulation, 113,087 were able to overcome the ineligibility finding and obtain visas based on an affidavit of support by a sponsor. Of the 11,233 nonimmigrants denied based on the public charge risk, 1,974 were granted a visa based on an affidavit of support.

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