Another night of rallying the base produced plenty of cheers for President Trump when he returned to Iowa yesterday.
And one of the loudest outbursts of support came when he made a rather incendiary proposal, seemingly out of the blue.
Trump’s proposal about denying immigrants government assistance for at least five years after entering the U.S. that really struck a nerve with the liberal media:
That’s why I believe the time has come for 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,” Trump said during a campaign-style rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Referring to his famous campaign pledge, Trump said: “And yes, we will build the wall.
“And this way, Mexico will have to pay much less money,” Trump said, a reference to his pledge that Mexico will pay for the wall.
A solar wall.
Solar wall panels.”
The proposal earned enthusiastic applause, which apparently acted as a cue for the media to attack. Mainstream media outlets quickly sought to mock Trump, suggesting exact legislation (the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996) has been implemented for nearly 20 years.
As noted by Fox News, the 1996 law, which states that immigrants who become dependents within five years of arrival can legally be deported, comes with caveats and is not even fully enacted due to rollbacks from both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
Moreover, as it stands now, states typically determine who receives public assistance, not the federal government.
“Trump’s proposal would also prevent the admission of people who are likely to become so-called ‘public charges’ within five years of their arrival,” reports Fox. “The concept of ‘public charge’ has been part of U.S. immigration law for over a century. It allows the government to bar entry to individuals who are likely to seek public assistance.”