President Trump brought the house down Wednesday night during his speech in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, particularly when he laid out some new plans on immigration. “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,” the president said. Legislation will be presented for that “very shortly,” Trump added, standing in front of banners that stated “Promises Made, Promises Kept.” But that’s not all:
“Another core principle is that those coming to our country must embrace our values and love our people.”
NBC News noted that a Bill Clinton-era policy already exists, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, which bans immigrants from receiving federal benefits for five years. But the report also pointed out that “the law has exceptions and additional legislation since its passage has also affected eligibility.” Right. So it needs to be fixed. Trump also told supporters that the plans for building the wall might include solar panels. He quipped, “This way, Mexico will have to pay much less money.” It was clear that NBC News reporter Ali Vitali couldn’t hide his disdain for the president in his report, calling Trump’s speech “rambling” and chiding him for “bashing Democrats.” We get it, it’s tough to be on the losing team.