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As has been made abundantly clear over the past few years, orderly immigration of foreign nationals into the United States is an incredibly important topic for President Donald Trump, one he has sought to address in a myriad of ways since taking office.
Despite the insistence to the contrary of the president’s detractors, Trump has shown no signs of hating all foreigners and immigrants, or wanting to close the nation’s borders entirely to all newcomers.
He clearly understands the economic necessity of migrant workers for certain jobs, not to mention the longstanding American tradition of welcoming those who wish to contribute to this great nation.
Those two points — the economic need for migrant workers and a desire for them to be self-sustaining and productive members of society — were addressed by Trump in a recent exclusive interview in the Oval Office with reporters for Breitbart News.
“I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump told his interviewers at one point.
“We have a problem, because we have politicians that are not strong, or they have bad intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if they come in they’re going to vote Democrat, you know, for the most part,” the president added.
Those remarks came in regard to a statistic provided in a recent report in December by the conservative Center for Immigration Studies that claimed that an estimated 63 percent of non-citizen households ended up enrolled in some sort of welfare program.
That number, nearly two-thirds of all immigrant households, is vastly higher than the estimated 35 percent of American citizen households that are enrolled in one or more welfare programs.
Though critics will often claim that immigrants are prohibited by law from accepting welfare, that isn’t entirely the case.
While the prohibition holds true for newly-arrived legal immigrants and illegal immigrants, not to mention temporary visitors, legal immigrants can eventually qualify for welfare after a set time, non-citizen children are often exempted from the prohibition, and some states offer their own welfare to non-citizens, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. (That’s not to mention, of course, fraud and scams on the system.)
Trump stressed in the interview that while he understood and accepted the reality that some industries require migrant workers in certain capacities, he also stated his belief that Democrats want to just throw open the borders and allow anyone and everyone to enter the country, regardless of whether they would contribute to or be a drag upon the larger society.
“They’ll take anybody into this country and we’re not allowing it, but because of the success of the country economically, some people say — I blame myself, but that’s a good blame, not a bad blame — but because of the country’s success and you need workers here,” he said.
“You do need workers. You have homes in Houston, and they can’t get people to build the homes — and lots of other places. But because of what’s happened, and because of the people coming up, they want them to come in and they don’t care how they come in,” he added.
Trump reiterated, “I don’t want people that need welfare,” and added, “We owe a lot of money.”
He then launched into a tangent, as he is known to do, about how much the United States pays in terms of military defense agreements that provide safety and security to NATO and other allied nations, often with little in return from those purportedly friendly nations.
“But I don’t like the idea of people coming in and going on welfare for 50 years, and that’s what they want to be able to do — and it’s no good,” Trump said.
These remarks from the president will no doubt cause a meltdown among elected Democrats and the liberal media, but only because what he said is fundamentally true and, in essence, called them out for supporting a situation that is illegal and unfair to American citizens.
Our nation does need immigrants, but those individuals and families we allow to enter our nation should be capable of supporting themselves as much as possible and not rely on handouts from U.S. taxpayers to barely survive in poverty.
Aside from the meltdown that’s coming from the left, it remains to be seen how a majority of the Democratic Party will ultimately react to what Trump said, as he quite explicitly acknowledged the need for more immigrants, so long as they don’t take advantage of the already overdrawn welfare system in our country.
Democrats can risk running afoul of their rabid base by supporting that common sense notion, or go on record as being in favor of destitute migrants from around the globe being a drag on our generous system, at taxpayer expense.