Trump is Again Right: Immigration and Welfare Do Not Mix

President Trump announced Wednesday night that he will soon ask Congress to pass legislation banning immigrants from accessing public assistance within five years of entering the U.S.

“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 told a campaign-style rally in Grand Rapids, Iowa.

I completely agree. Should we even have a welfare-entitlement state in the first place? I say no. No government has a moral right to compel some citizens to pay the way for others. When you give government that right, you see what happens — an increasingly listless and unproductive population dependent on handouts and an unsustainably bankrupt federal treasury.

I recognize that most people still want a welfare state of some kind, and nobody in the mainstream is (yet) ready to have that debate. But given the fact that we have a welfare state, we shouldn’t be inviting people to come to the United States to be supported by hard working, tax-paying American citizens and legal immigrants. It’s analogous to inviting people to become dependent on heroin or cocaine, again at the expense of America’s working population, with guaranteed ongoing support for the addicts’ lives.

The true “deplorables” are the politicians (the majority of whom are Democratic) who openly and brazenly use our welfare system to build and retain constituents. Anyone who supports them or evades what they’re doing should be ashamed of themselves. America’s Constitution never guaranteed income, health care, housing or the other things most now claim it does guarantee for American citizens. In what universe do we claim the Constitution guarantees all those things for the entire planet?

It’s not racist and unfair to deny immigrants the benefits of the welfare state. The best immigrants don’t want them. The better immigrants are the ones who want what immigrants to the United States wanted back before there was a welfare-entitlement state: liberty. The more economic liberty we have, the more opportunity there will be both for existing citizens and immigrants who are able and willing to work. Charity will never be against the law. Free people are the most generous people. And nobody has a right to compel others to provide them with charity via force. It’s unjust and it’s no longer charity at that point.

Look at California. It’s still a beautiful and thriving place in many ways, but it’s also a completely bankrupt welfare state that has made hooking immigrants on free health care, schools and income redistribution a top priority. While that has been good for politicians in the one-party mindset of that state, it’s gradually turning California into a bankrupt Communist-style regime from which more and more will eventually flee. Donald Trump is trying to prevent that from happening to all of America. Is it too late for America? That’s anyone’s guess. But President Trump absolutely has the right idea.

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