The current administration’s perspective on illegal immigrants is that they use a disproportionate amount of public aid and services; even more than American citizens or resident aliens who are here lawfully. These services include welfare, food stamps, free health care and public schools. Not only is this categorically false, the majority of immigrants successfully integrate into and contribute to society at large, and are not the proverbial leeches the current administration so proclaims. Because of this, and the fact that a successful and thriving population is good for the country overall, immigrants should be afforded basic health care, education, and assimilation assistance in their transition to becoming U.S. citizens.
First, providing health care to immigrants should not be a question of cost, as it should be a question of ethics and morality. Universal health care should be human right. Governments should provide health care to anyone who needs a doctor for necessary check-ups, or who is in dire need of emergency medical services. All citizens and non-citizens alike deserve the right to life. Anyone within the borders of a nation, border, or territory has this right. The Cunningham Administration will build a consensus on this matter with our global partners and push for a United Nations binding resolution, where all nations will honor this agreement.
Second, the Cunningham Administration will approve federal student loans and financing programs constructed for the explicit use of helping newly naturalized immigrants. Undocumented immigrants will be able to apply for student status, much like international students, to compete for grants, loans, and tuition in exchange for work and services. We will also authorize a unique program in which enlistment options will be available to undocumented immigrants as we pass Bill HR 435, where one can achieve naturalized citizenship through military service.
Third, an online education program will be created and provided to newly integrated immigrants so that they are able to learn the history and customs of the United States. In addition to preparing them for their citizenship tests, this program will also assist immigrants in utilizing essential civil services, court systems, and government services. Cunningham believes educational seminars will be a better approach than webinars and live meetups. The new immigrants will have an opportunity to succeed in this program, with short written and oral exams. If one lacks the intellectual capacity to pass this exam, waivers will be available. Children under 18 and adults over the age of 60 will be exempt from this process.
Finally, immigrants must be afforded the means to learn English in the privacy of their own homes at no cost; this will benefit not just the individual, but society as a whole. The Cunningham Administration will provide online platforms to teach immigrants English, utilizing their native tongue as the medium. When immigrants come to this country, most are not wealthy and cannot afford schooling. The Cunningham Administration will provide ample learning tools to the new immigrant in order to combat this disadvantage.