Liberals and their mainstream media have been working like crazy trying to present President Trump’s efforts to restore law and order in the American immigration system as un-American, economically damaging and even unconstitutional. However, Trump’s supporters keep disagreeing with their narrative.
Recently, Trump gave a speech in Iowa where he declared that those wishing to immigrate into the U.S. “must be able to support themselves financially.” He additionally proposed “new immigration rules which say those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially, and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years.”
Rasmussen, an independent-from-the-media polling organization, released a survey indicating that 62 percent of likely voters agreed with the president’s position. Only 26 percent disagreed, with 12 percent undecided.
The Hill and CNN pointed out that a form of this welfare restriction already exists – the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996. The legislation exists since Bill Clinton and was originally intended to make immigrants ineligible to receive “means-tested public benefits” for a period of five years after they entered the country, among other welfare reforms.
The media doesn’t speak about the fact that a case with immigration can exist, but that doesn’t mean the federal government will necessarily enforce it. Former president Obama and his administration systematically dismantled and neutered the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act by exploiting loopholes and simply ignoring other areas of the legislation. He was brazenly open about it, stating, “we’re going to look every single day to figure out what we can do without Congress.”
Many of the Trump supporters still feel betrayed by the federal government welcoming those immigrants who are unable to support themselves by immediately offering handouts funded by their hard-earned tax dollars. They would rather have an immigration system that favors applicants who have demonstrated an ability to further American interests and strengthen our economy.
President Trump hopes to tighten legislation in order to protect the fiscal interests of American citizens and working legal residents, and protect those measures from the whims of an out-of-control executive branch. The media should applaud that desire rather than dismiss it as unnecessary.
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