Trump im­mi­gra­tion pro­posal to de­lay wel­fare ben­e­fits.

Wants to pro­hibit new­com­ers from wel­fare for 5 years

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE BOYER

At a rau­cous cam­paign rally Wed­nes­day night in Iowa, Pres­i­dent Trump pro­posed new im­mi­gra­tion rules that would bar new­com­ers to the U.S. from re­ceiv­ing wel­fare ben­e­fits for five years.

At an event in Cedar Rapids that was partly a vic­tory cel­e­bra­tion of Repub­li­can wins in sev­eral spe­cial House elec­tions, Mr. Trump got the crowd on its feet with tough talk on im­mi­gra­tion, say­ing other coun­tries don’t treat the U.S. fairly on cross-bor­der is­sues.

“I be­lieve the time has come for new im­mi­gra­tion rules which say 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,” Mr. Trump said to cheers and ap­plause.

“We’ll be putting in leg­is­la­tion to that ef­fect very shortly,” he said.

Both of those plans Mr. Trump talked about are al­ready en­shrined to some ex­tent in cur­rent law.

The 1996 wel­fare re­form law ap­proved by a Repub­li­can Congress and signed into law by Pres­i­dent Clin­ton in­cluded a five-year bar on im­mi­grants ac­cess­ing most wel­fare pro­grams. And a pro­hi­bi­tion on im­mi­grants be­com­ing pub­lic charges has been law for more than a cen­tury.

But ex­perts say en­force­ment of both pro­vi­sions — and par­tic­u­larly the pub­lic charge re­quire­ment — has been lack­ing.

Mr. Trump also vowed that he will still build a wall along the Mex­i­can bor­der, say­ing he’s even think­ing of mak­ing it a so­lar wall “so it cre­ates en­ergy and pays for it­self.”

“My idea,” he said.

The pres­i­dent also rev­eled in Repub­li­cans’ clean sweep in four spe­cial House races this year, say­ing they showed that Democrats are fail­ing in their plan to ob­struct his pres­i­dency.

“Their plan isn’t work­ing,” Mr. Trump told sup­port­ers. “They [Democrats] thought they were go­ing to win at least three. The truth is peo­ple love us, all of us.”

The pres­i­dent called at­ten­tion to the vic­to­ries Tues­day night by Repub­li­cans Karen Han­del in Ge­or­gia and Ralph Nor­man in South Carolina. He es­pe­cially sa­vored Mrs. Han­del’s win over Demo­crat Jon Os­soff, who raised more than $22 mil­lion in his los­ing ef­fort.

“They spent close to $30 mil­lion on this kid who for­got to live in the com­mu­nity that he was in,” Mr. Trump said of the Democrats. “They raised a for­tune for him, they fought like hell.”

But the pres­i­dent said his Repub­li­can sup­port­ers came “out of the hills” to de­feat the Democrats.

“We have the hard­est-work­ing, the smartest peo­ple, the tough­est peo­ple,” Mr. Trump said to cheers. “They’re very lucky that our peo­ple don’t protest, be­lieve me.”

Re­mind­ing the au­di­ence of one of for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s big­gest mis­takes dur­ing the cam­paign, Mr. Trump said, “Hil­lary said ‘The de­plorables.’ These [sup­port­ers] are just the op­po­site, be­lieve me.”

It was Mr. Trump’s first visit to Iowa since his in­au­gu­ra­tion, and his speech was heavy on prom­ises of high in­ter­est in farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties, such as rene­go­ti­at­ing the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment, rolling back the fed­eral “land grab” of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, and work­ing to end the so-called death tax.

“I don’t know if we’re go­ing to pull that one off, but we’re work­ing very hard on it,” the pres­i­dent said of the death-tax re­peal. “You should have a right to pass your farm on to your chil­dren and your grand­chil­dren.”

The pres­i­dent dis­cussed “the next steps in our in­cred­i­ble move­ment” to “make Amer­ica great again,” say­ing he is hope­ful that Congress will ap­prove a health care bill in the Se­nate soon and then turn to a mas­sive tax cut plan.

“We’re work­ing re­ally hard on mas­sive tax cuts,” Mr. Trump said. “I think it’s go­ing to hap­pen, and I think health care is go­ing to hap­pen … Let’s see what hap­pens.”

In his hour-plus-long speech, the pres­i­dent also talked about eco­nomic progress and de­fended his choice of wealthy Cabi­net sec­re­taries and ad­vis­ers to over­see the econ­omy.

“I love all peo­ple,” Mr. Trump said. “In those par­tic­u­lar po­si­tions I don’t want a poor per­son. Does that make sense?”

Mr. Trump also rel­ished tak­ing aim at the me­dia again, ridi­cul­ing TV net­works for set­ting up tem­po­rary stu­dios in Ge­or­gia in an­tic­i­pa­tion that a loss by Mrs. Han­del in the spe­cial House race would re­pu­di­ate Mr. Trump’s pres­i­dency.

“If Karen Han­del had lost, they would have been there for weeks talk­ing about it,” Mr. Trump said. “When she won … they couldn’t get out of there fast enough.”

It was also an op­por­tu­nity for Mr. Trump and Iowans to give a send-off to for­mer Gov. Terry Branstad, who is soon tak­ing over his du­ties as U.S. am­bas­sador to China.

Trav­el­ing with the pres­i­dent was Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Sonny Per­due, as they high­lighted tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances in farm­ing to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­duce the agri­cul­ture sec­tor’s car­bon foot­print.

They vis­ited Kirk­wood Com­mu­nity Col­lege, whose agri­cul­ture science pro­gram is rec­og­nized as a national leader and as a cen­ter for in­no­va­tion.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dur­ing a speech at Kirk­wood Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wed­nes­day, Pres­i­dent Trump pro­posed new im­mi­gra­tion rules. He also com­mented on Karen Han­del’s vic­tory in Ge­or­gia, the pro­posed bor­der wall with Mex­ico and tax cuts.

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