Prevent Immigrants from Using Welfare for at Least Five Years
Current Status: BrokenAs of
"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 rally, Cedar Rapids, IA, June 22, 2017
Trump made this promise, apparently, without realizing that his promise was already law. In 1996, then president Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which prevents immigrants from receiving federal benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security for five years after entering the country.