Trump Calls For 5-Year Welfare Ban For New Immigrants

During his speech in Iowa Wednesday, President Trump announced 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 said in a campaign-style rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Trump’s proposal would add on to thePersonal 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.

As it stands now, states typically have the authority to determine eligibility for local public assistance programs.

Foreigners with non-immigrant visas and those who are in the country illegally are generally prohibited from those benefits altogether.

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