[VIDEO] At Rally Trump Calls To Bar Immigrants From Welfare For Five Years
President Donald Trump will ask Congress to pass legislation that prohibits immigrants from accessing public assistance within five years of entering the United States, he told supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The President’s statement indicated that he intends to pressure federal legislators to solidify the plans that his administrative team distributed at the beginning of the year as a draft executive order to the public. Mr. Trump’s proposals would stop the admission of immigrants that are most likely to end up being “public charges” within five years of their arrival.
For over a century, immigration law in the United States have allowed for immigrants with the label of “public charge.” Trump is recommending that Congress work with his administration to tighten up the policies pertaining to “public charges” and make certain that the new laws are enforced.
During his speech, the President 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.”
American states currently have the authority to establish their own immigrant qualifications for public assistance programs. Illegal immigrants and foreigners with non-immigrant visas are normally prohibited from collecting public benefits.
In asking for these modifications to the immigration law, the White House will point to a 2015 report from the Center for Immigration Studies that discovered 51 percent of immigrant families are on some type of public support. This compares to just 30 percent of non-immigrant households being on welfare. Critics of the report say that it does not consider the subtleties of many immigrant families.
Mr. Trump’s proposals also seek to enhance the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. That law allows federal authorities to deport immigrants who become public dependents within five years of their arrival.
Many of the Reconciliation Act provisions were rolled back during the past 16 years.
Source: Fox News