This week at yet another post-election rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, President Donald Trump proposed a new law against immigrants to a roar of applause.
According to Trump, immigrants who enter the United States should not be eligible for welfare benefits for five years.
“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 told the crowd.
The problem is: the law already exists.
Known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), the legislation was passed during the administration of former President Bill Clinton.
This marks the most recent instance of the Trump administration’s long list of ill-informed immigration antics (remember when Mexico was going to pay for a wall?).
It is possible that Trump intends to “put in legislation” to alter or enhance the already-existing law, but it seems more likely that he just was not aware of existing policy that came before his presidency.
And as for the cheering crowds – most of whom were simply responding to racist, dog-whistle keywords like “immigrant” and “welfare” – odds are they were in the dark as well.Click here for reuse options!
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