President Trump has made an announcement sure to spurn Liberals everywhere: he wants to bar all immigrants from accessing welfare for at least five years after they’ve entered the US. At a rally in Grand Rapids, Iowa, Trump’s latest proposal for immigration reform was put under the spotlight.
Given that a 2015 study has shown 51 percent of immigrant families receive some sort of financial assistance (compared with just 30 percent of non-immigrant families), it’s easy to see why Trump feels such legislation is necessary.
During the rally, Trump said, “The time has come for new immigration rules that say…those seeking immigration into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years.” The president also noted he will soon be asking Congress to pass this new legislation.
Trump’s proposal harks back to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which made it possible for federal officials to deport immigrants if they became “public dependents” within their first, five years on US soil. However, during the years of Bush and Obama, many of the legislation’s provisions were eliminated.
Trump’s proposed legislation would revamp the policy and decrease immigrant access to more federal welfare. It would also crack down on the admission of “public charges,” or people who are likely to become public dependents and increase the enforcement of public-charge laws. For over a century, US-immigration law has permitted the government to prohibit public charges from entering the country.
There are plenty of impoverished people in America already who need assistance. And despite what liberals think, the majority of US citizens cannot continue to bear the growing, financial burdens of others—especially when some of those people are probably coming here just to get benefits and be taken care of. It is well beyond time the US strengthens its policies on this matter.