Trump Signs Crackdown Order on Welfare-Dependent Legal Immigration to US

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to help enforce existing laws surrounding welfare-dependent legal immigration to the United States and welfare reform, as well as, criminal illegal aliens and border protections that were signed in 1996 by then-President Bill Clinton.

Order calls for enforcement of Bill Clinton-era laws

The purpose of Trump’s order is to ensure these existing 1996 laws are being enforced by federal agencies.

The two laws are known the “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act” and “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” which were enacted for the purpose of making sure American taxpayers have their public welfare funding benefits reimbursed when they are used by visa-holding legal immigrants.

Legal immigrants must repay US taxpayers for welfare received while under US visa

One of the primary functions of Trump’s order is to make sure existing laws for repaying the American taxpayer for welfare funds are enforced. The order mandates that either a family member or business sponsor of a legal immigrant that is seeking to permanently resettle in the United States will be responsible for repaying the welfare costs previously used by that immigrant.

An example of how the law works is, if a legal immigrant receives $10,000 in food stamp benefits while living in the US under a visa, when a business or family member sponsors them for obtaining their green card, the sponsoring party will be notified of the legal immigrants welfare benefits received and will be obligated to repay that amount.

Should the sponsor not repay the welfare costs, the U.S. Treasury Offset Program will deduct the money out of the sponsor’s taxes for that year. The implementation of Trump’s order begins in September 2019.

US Chamber of Commerce in 1996: “Reassertion of America’s work ethic”

The “Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act” included a five-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits.

Noted for implementing major changes to the social welfare policy of the United States, the law replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

1996 law expedites deporting criminals and gives authority for constructing border barriers

The “Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act” mandates that every illegal alien convicted of any aggregated felony is to be placed in expedited removal proceedings.

Further, the bill gave the U.S. Attorney General broad authority to construct barriers along the border between the United States and Mexico, and it authorized the construction of a secondary layer of border fencing to support the already completed 14-mile primary fence.