President Trump is pushing for the enforcement of immigration laws already on the books. But he’s also advocating for stronger laws that affect taxpayers. One of those biggest policies involves welfare.
The president recently said that immigrants “must be able to support themselves financially.”
Immigrant headed households receive an average of $6,234 in welfare benefits according the Center for Immigration Studies.
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Since 2012, another 51% of immigrant led households have used at least one welfare program. The president is pushing a change to a 1996 law:
“The ‘‘Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996’’ declares immigrants “not eligible for any Federal means-tested public benefit for a period of 5 years beginning on the date of the alien’s entry.”
“‘This is the humane way to go,’ Steve Forbes said on ‘The Cost of Freedom.’ He said that welfare reform in the 1990s worked, and the country should hearken back to that system.
“Budget Director Mick Mulvaney echoed Trump’s sentiments in May when he rejected the idea that government welfare is the only way to show compassion.
“‘We’re no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or the number of people on those programs, but by the number of people we help get off of those programs,’ Mulvaney said.
Back in January, the White House leaked potential executive orders to combat the problem of illegal immigration:
“The Trump administration is considering a plan to weed out would-be immigrants who are likely to require public assistance, as well as to deport — when possible — immigrants already living in the United States who depend on taxpayer help, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Washington Post.
“A second draft order under consideration calls for a substantial shake-up in the system through which the United States administers immigrant and nonimmigrant visas, with the aim of tightly controlling who enters the country and who can enter the workforce, and reducing the social services burden on U.S. taxpayers.”
It was recently reported that illegal immigrant families got $1.3 billion from Los Angeles County in welfare money from 2015-2016:
“-More than 58,000 families received a total of $602 million in benefits in 2015.
“-More than 64,000 families received a total of $675 million in 2016.
“-During the first five months of 2017, more than 60,000 families received a total of $181 million.
“-Welfare and food stamp costs for the county’s entire population were $3.1 billion in 2015, $2.9 billion in 2016 and $1.5 billion so far in 2017.
“-Roughly a quarter of California’s 4 million illegal immigrants reside in Los Angeles County.
“In 2013, California spent a total of $25.3 billion on illegal immigrants – or $2,370 per U.S. citizen household, according to a 2013 study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform. Texas and New York were second and third, at $12.1 billion and $9.5 billion, respectively.”
President Trump is pushing new laws that clarify banning welfare for illegal immigrants. And for most people it should be a common sense solution, but it isn’t:
“The only people who should have a problem with this ban are those who live off the taxpayers — or those who gain from providing taxpayer assistance.
“So we’ve come full circle. Democrats, party of No Message, party of Anti-Trump, party of Anti-Republican, only have limited means at their disposal to sway voters to vote Democrat. And one of their key tools of enticement: taxpayer subsidies.
“So get ready for the political battle. But on this, Trump already has the will of the American citizens. And with a Republican-dominated Congress about to enter the 2018 elections, it’s going to be easy-peasy; ban the assistance. Chalk up another Trump campaign promise to reel in the spendthrift Congress and cut taxes for Americans — fulfilled.”
What do you think? Good idea or not?