PLANNED COLLAPSE: DHS revamping immigrant welcome materials, set to include Obamacare
The welcome materials the federal government directs new immigrants to read â which detail, among other facets of American life, how and where to get government benefits â are in the process of getting a bit of a makeover to increase accessibility for newcomers.
TheÂ WelcometoUSA.govÂ website, which bills itself as âthe U.S. Governmentâs official web portal for new immigrants,â maintained by the Department of Homeland Securityâs U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), will soon feature information about President Barack Obamaâs signature health care legislation, USCIS spokesman Chris Bentley told The Daily Caller.
USCIS has already added new promotional banners to the site that make it easier for users to find information aboutÂ personal finance, child care and emergency information. The agency is working to make the language even more accessible to its target immigrant audience.Â (RELATED: USDA proposes food stamp parties)
According to a list of changes to the âWelcomeâ site that the department has already made, provided to TheDC by USCIS, many of the changes are simplifications of the original text.
For example, where the âGovernment Benefitâ section once read:
âDepending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefits programs. Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefits programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate,â followed by a list with links of government benefit websites such as Medicare, Medicaid,Â food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, and a site offering information on eligibility for all federal benefits programs.â
The âGovernment Benefitâ section now reads:
âDepending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,â followed by the list of benefits programs.
The text on the front page of the site has also been significantly reduced. Initially the text read:
âWelcome to the United States! On behalf of the President of the United States and the American people, we welcome you to this great nation. The United States has benefited from the contributions of immigrants since its founding more than 200 years ago, and we are certain that our newest immigrants will continue this storied legacy. Freedom and opportunity are of the utmost importance in the United States and we wish you the very best as you begin your journey. As a permanent resident, you have made the decision to call the United States your home. It is now your responsibility to learn about this countryâs civic values, its rich history, and its citizens. As you settle into your new home, WelcometoUSA.gov will help you find basic information about the United States and your new community. The Federal Government has a variety of resources for you. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about this country as you are now a valued part of our nation. Your contributions will help ensure the success of the United States for years to come. Congratulations and welcome. We hope you enjoy great success in the United States.â