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"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," he told the Grand Rapids crowd.
This might eliminate immigrants who believe they deserve jizya just for coming here and not making trouble.
This proposal is an idea that builds on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1966. This allows federal authorities to deport immigrants who are on the dole within five years of arrival.
Many of the law's provisions were rolled back when G.W. Bush and Barack Obama were in office. But Trump's plan would make more categories of federal benefits off-limits to immigrants, thus ending the draining of a welfare system by these leeches that was intended for Americans.
Foreigners with non-immigrant visas and those without legal status, are generally prohibited from those benefits altogether.
The plan would also prevent the admission of those who will likely become "public-charges" within five years of their arrival. This isn't a new concept--it has been a part of immigration law for more than a century and allows the government to bar entry to those who are likely to seek public assistance, which would likely be nearly everyone from Syria, Iraq and many parts of Africa. Trump is likely to bolster those rules regarding "public charge" and ensure they're enforced.
The left will like buck the system because they don't like rules except when it's to their benefit, by which I mean that it brings them more votes, thus more power.
The Trump administration circulated a draft executive order to make the proposed changes earlier this year. Apparently Mr. Trump would like Congress to codify his plan into law ASAP.
The White House will probably cite a 2015 report from the Center for Immigration Studies that found 51 percent of immigrant households are on the public dole in some form, compared to 30 percent among non-immigrant families.
Critics of the report say it doesn't take into account the nuances of immigrant families, such as the fact that they believe the assistance is their right and America is the Big Satan, but it's cool to live here.