President Trump is on record as proposing a five-year moratorium on welfare benefits for new immigrants to the US. Excerpt:
President Trump announced Wednesday night that he will soon ask Congress to pass legislation banning immigrants from accessing public assistance within five years of entering the U.S.
“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,” Trump told a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Trump’s proposal would build on the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which allows federal authorities to deport immigrants who become public dependents within five years of their arrival. Many of that law’s provisions were rolled back during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, but Trump’s proposal would make more categories of federal benefits off-limits to immigrants.
Here’s the thing on welfare and immigrants: You can either have a welfare state, or you can have a liberal immigration policy. You can’t have both. Unfortunately, both is what we have right now, and while plenty of immigrants come to the U.S. seeking opportunity and work, plenty more come seeking Uncle Sam’s Gravy Train of Free Shit, and that just is not acceptable.
The linked story cites this study by the Center for Immigration Studies, maintaining that 51% of households headed by an immigrant receive some welfare benefits, as opposed to 30% of native households. That number, if it can be verified, is revealing. (I did a cursory search but have been unable to find said verification.) If this is the case, then it seems 51% of immigrant families are on the aforementioned gravy train, at least to some extent.
We aren’t so desperate for more immigrants that we need to offer free handouts to all and sundry.