Trump Just Proposed a Welfare Plan That Has Been Law Since The 90s
President Donald Trump last week proposed reforming the welfare system by putting into law a statute that prohibits immigrants to the United States from receiving welfare benefits for at least five years. There’s only one problem: That has been the law of the land since 1996.
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 Trump followers had no idea they were applauding to an existing law.
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.
Watch Trump make a fool of himself and expose his followers as ignorants in the video below:
In the same speech, Trump also gave a rambling defense of his top economic advisers’ personal wealth — citing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn, a former top executive at Goldman Sachs — both multi-millionaires.
“Someone said why did you hire a rich person to be in charge of economy? That’s the kind of thinking we want!” Trump said, adding that “in those particular positions, I don’t want a poor person.”
We get it, Donnie. You don’t like poor people, but you don’t have to brag about it.