Lost in the mix of unhinged progressive media reports that “racist” President Trump is being mean to immigrants who depend on welfare is an inconvenient fact: It was passed by Democrats and signed into law in 1996. The bipartisan Immigration and Nationality Act was intended to prevent immigrants from becoming permanent burdens on the welfare system and to encourage them to become self-sufficient members of American society.
All President Trump is doing is enforcing the law.
But if all you read or watch is legacy media, you probably believe President Trump decreed immigrants are bad people and we’re going to strip them of the taxpayer-funded benefits progressives believe they’re entitled to indefinitely.
The White House release clarifies:
- Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed two bipartisan bills in 1996 to help stop aliens from exploiting public benefits.
- This included the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.
- As Congress made clear at the time, it is our national policy that aliens should “not depend on public resources to meet their needs.”
- Americans widely agree that individuals coming to our country should be self-sufficient, with 73 percent in favor of requiring immigrants to be able to support themselves financially.
The United States is the most generous nation in the world when it comes to taking care of immigrants. Expecting them to eventually work their way off of welfare and become contributing members of society is a bipartisan stance. At least it should be.
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