Welfare Wall: Trump proposes 5-year ban on welfare for immigrants

It’s been a while, but President Donald Trump has finally proposed something great: not allowing immigrants to access welfare for five years. It may not be perfect, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Speaking in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday night, President Trump talked about his big, beautiful wall and how he will stop the spread of illegal immigration. But there was one particular point that would make any libertarian ecstatic: build a welfare wall.

“The time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” he said.

Although the media say that this is already a part of the federal law – the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 – many critics present the case that it’s not fully enacted and there have been many rollbacks by previous administrations.

Daily Wire notes that the Center for Immigration Studies found in 2015 that more than half (51 percent) of households led by an immigration is on some type of government assistance. Fewer than one-third (30 percent) of non-immigrant families receive some form of public assistance.

That said, it would be great if the president took it one step further: end the welfare state completely. This means Americans and immigrants alike can never be eligible for welfare.

If Trump enacted this policy, he would be closer to accomplishing his goal: Make America Great Again.

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  1. Mike Mapperson says:

    Yeah. Why not make it like Russia after Communiusm fell?

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