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White House Clarifies Trump's Welfare Comment

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Monday, 26 Jun 2017 08:17 AM Current | Bio | Archive

After President Trump called for legislation that bans welfare for immigrants in the U.S. “for a period of at least five years,” big media piled on, decrying that such a law has been on the books for 21 years.

At a June 23 presser, Newsmax took press secretary Sean Spicer to task on the matter. “The president is aware that that law exists,” Spicer replied. “I think the president’s concern, generally speaking with all the immigration laws, is that they’re not being enforced.”

He went on to explain that the 21-year-old law denying welfare from immigrants for five years, “while on the books, has not been enforced and clearly either needs to be re-examined, enforced, or new legislation needs to be introduced.”

The omnibus welfare reform act known as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 was signed by President Bill Clinton. Under the law, immigrants are “not eligible for any federal means-tested public benefit” for five years, which starts on the date the immigrant enters the country.

Francesca Chambers of the Daily Mail then asked Spicer, “What specifically would the proposal that the president was talking about do that’s different than what is already a part of the federal law? You said he wanted to re-examine it, maybe even put in a new law. What was he proposing? How is that different?”

Spicer responded, “when we have an announcement on that, I’ll let you know.” As to when the legislation would be submitted to Congress, Spicer would only say, “At this point, we don’t have that.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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