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Tactics for Success, No. 9: Don't Get on Gov't Support

In her book, The Immigrant’s Way, available in the downloadable Kindle format, or paperbackMargaret W. Wong describes twenty-two tactics the foreign born person can use to ensure her stay in the USA is as long as she wants it to be. We will present for you one of her strategies every week in this space.

9. Do not get on government support, even if those around us think it is free.

Nothing is free in life. Once we get Medicaid, Medicare, or Welfare, it is very hard to get green cards or to become United States Citizens. The more we do this, the more we play into the American stereotype of immigrants wanting something for free and living off “real” Americans’ money.

We are strong and good people. We can work for what we are entitled to in the United States. Although we may be poor in legal status, we should try very hard to not be on government support.