There are already too many people living off the American government – why should we increase that number by accepting immigrants who can’t support themselves?
President Trump expressed this opinion during a speech in Iowa on Wednesday when he suggested that immigrants should be banned from welfare for their first five years living in America.
“The time has come for new immigrant 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,” said Trump to a crowd of thousands in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
This proposal would expand the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which allows ICE to deport immigrants if they become public dependents within five years of their arrival. Not surprisingly, many of this law’s rules were rolled back or ignored during the Obama and Bush administrations.
As it stands, states usually have the power to determine who is and isn’t eligible for local public assistance programs. People who have no legal status or who lack an immigrant visa are generally banned from those benefits, but Trump’s proposal would also ban entry to those who are considered likely to become “public charges” within five years of their arrival.
Trump will soon ask Congress to codify his plans into law, and has promised the new legislation will come “very shortly.”
The request comes alongside a 2015 report showing that 51% of immigrant households utilize some form of public assistance – compared to about 30% of non-immigrant households.
On top of that, households headed by illegal immigrants receive about $1,200 more in benefits than families who are here legally. While illegals are not eligible for welfare, they can collect money and other benefits on behalf of children who were born the US.
Trump also reiterated his plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico, this time with a more environmentally friendly twist: “We’re thinking about building the wall as a solar wall. This way, Mexico will have to pay much less money.”
Mexican officials continue to insist they will not pay for the wall.
Ediitor’s note: This is as logical as it gets, why let someone immigrate who cannot support himself?