President Trump's weekly address to the American people gave us more insight into the administration's plans to handle welfare benefits for immigrants.
“Just this week, we announced a historic immigration bill to create a merit-based Green Card system that ends the abuse of our welfare system, stops chain migration, and protects our workers and our economy,” he said.
“As an example, you cannot get welfare for five years when you come into our country. You cannot just come in like in past weeks, years, and decades, you come in immediately and start picking up welfare. For five years, you have to say you will not be asking or using our welfare systems.”
The president's immigration plan, known as the RAISE Act, emphasizes a few key points:
- It would cut the number of low-skilled immigrants given 'green cards' in half.
- It would implement a merit-based scoring system that values education and job skills.
- It would require all immigrants to learn and speak English.
While the media has lambasted the proposal to put a five-year ban on welfare, it would not be unique to the Trump administration. A similar five-year welfare ban has been in place since 1996. A Rasmussen poll released in June 2017 showed that 62 percent of voters polled support the five-year welfare ban for immigrants, while 26 percent oppose it.