by Robert Carbery
The winning is too much! We are taking our country back. And we have the right guy in charge to do so. While we have admitted some refugees so far that could potentially be dangerous, President Trump has stuck to his promises in enforcing the law and bringing common sense immigration back. And there’s more good news to come.
Trump is asking Congress for new immigration policies that would prohibit new immigrants from going on welfare during their first five years in the country during a speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last Wednesday.
“The time has come for new immigration rules that say … those seeking immigration 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. It would make sense to admit people into our country who will contribute to our economy and not drain from our already hemorrhaging welfare state. We should let those into our country who can support themselves and who will not be a further burden in any way.
A Center for Immigration Studies report showed that 51% of legal and illegal immigrant households used at least one welfare program in 2012. The report also found that immigrant households use food programs and Medicaid about twice as often as native households.
An even more recent report found that the average legal and illegal immigrant household costs taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare benefits each year. Those numbers don’t lie. And the de-emphasis on work requirements over the Bush and Obama years were troubling.
Back during the Clinton years, work was a requirement for those on welfare. Trump’s proposal, if it became law, would add to a Clinton-era law that allowed for immigrants dependent on welfare to be deported. This is not cruel. This is not unusual. This is what most countries do and we would be wise to adopt this kind of legislation to save some money and to prioritize the most productive immigrants possible.
The Trump administration has also been getting a handle on our intake of refugees into the U.S. During the first three months of this new administration, the number of refugees admitted has been cut nearly in half compared with the final three months of the Obama administration.
The countries of origin for refugees was largely unchanged over both periods as two-thirds of the arrivals came from five countries: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Myanmar. Syria and Somalia would be included in the temporary travel ban under Trump’s executive order currently being challenged by the courts.
The data seem to suggest that in the final months of the Obama administration, the number of refugees admitted was significantly spiked. The final three months of Obama’s second term revealed an 86% year-over-year increase in refugees admitted while Trump’s first three months in office resulted in arrivals being down 12% from the previous period in the previous year.
Trump is looking to limit the number of refugees to 50,000 this year. But the courts will likely fight him on that as well. We need to be smart about who we let into our country. Sure, we need to let in who we can from areas of conflict around the world. But we also must remember that terrorists are embedding themselves in the hoards of refugees pouring out of the Middle East and elsewhere.
We don’t want to become Europe. We want a nation. We want law and order.
by Robert Carbery