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Fact Check: Law Already Blocks Immigrants from Benefits

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by Miriam Valverde

President Donald Trump recently told supporters that he wanted to reduce the number of people receiving public assistance, and he wants to put in place new rules barring immigrants from receiving government benefits for at least five years.

“We want to get our people off of welfare and back to work. We also want to preserve our safety net for struggling Americans who truly need help,” Trump said in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 21. “That’s why 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.”

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