In a speech on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump made it known that he would soon introduce legislation that immigrants to America shouldn't receive welfare benefits for a minimum of five years.
The new measure will stipulate that "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," Trump
said as the crowd of thousands at the campaign-style rally
exploded into extended applause.
But those requirements, or something similar to them, already
Legislation backed by then-President Bill Clinton, called the
"Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
of 1996," states immigrants are "not eligible for any federal
means-tested public benefit" for five years beginning when they
come into the country. However, the law has exceptions and
additional legislation since its passage has also affected
The White House did not respond to a request for more information
about the legislation, which Trump promised would be coming
The president also said that "those coming into our country must
embrace our values" and he renewed calls for a wall along the
U.S. border with Mexico, saying publicly what he reportedly had
said privately to fellow lawmakers — that the wall would include
"We're thinking about building the wall as a solar wall," Trump
told supporters gathered at the U.S. Cellular Center here. "This
way, Mexico will have to pay much less money."
Mexican officials have repeatedly said they will not pay for the
Culled- NBC news.