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Trump Says Immigrants Should Wait Five Years to Get Welfare

  • Says immigrants ‘must be able to support themselves’
  • 1996 welfare law banned most immigrants from welfare programs
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President Donald Trump said he’ll propose legislation that would ban U.S. immigrants from receiving any welfare benefits for five years.

“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," Trump said at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Wednesday. “And we’ll be putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.”