Last night Donald Trump returned to his roots rallying Iowans with red-meat common sense conservatism. And the crowd ate it up. Who wouldn’t?
With the nation awash in debt and the flood of immigrants continuing to exacerbate that, President Trump announced his strategy to fix both problems that no reasonable person could disagree with.
“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.”
Newsmax reported that the total cost of welfare benefits to households headed by immigrants is over $103 billion annually.
President Trump understands marketing as well as anyone who has ever occupied the Oval Office and he knows that incentivizing those who have the least to offer to come to America is not a good idea.
The president then went on to address another problem with immigration that could easily be corrected – terrorism.
“Another core principle is that those coming to our country must embrace our values and love our people.”
The thing that is most damning to both Barack Obama and the Republicans in Congress is that the law already exists.
As part of his promise to “end welfare as we have come to know it,” President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 into law that made any immigrant who tried to access public assistance programs within the first five years of entering the United States eligible for immediate deportation.
You’ll have to ask the longstanding members of Congress like John McCain and Nancy Pelosi why they chose to ignore the application of this law through both the Bush and Obama administrations after they had enacted it.
President Trump’s commitment to restoring the teeth to this law will only make America better. Trump promised to make America great for Americans again and no one could argue that this isn’t a major step in that process.