Trump says he doesn't want immigrants on welfare entering the country

Trump says he doesn't want immigrants on welfare entering the country
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE said Monday that he's opposed to allowing immigrants into the U.S. who are dependent on welfare, citing the country's already extensive financial commitments.

"I don’t want to have anyone coming in that’s on welfare,” Trump told Breitbart News in an Oval Office interview.

“We have a problem, because we have politicians that are not strong, or they have bad intentions, or they want to get votes, because they think if they come in they’re going to vote Democrat, you know, for the most part," he added.


Breitbart reported that Trump's comments came after the conservative publication's editor-in-chief, Alexander Marlow, highlighted a December report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a nonprofit group that supports immigration reduction. The report stated more than 60 percent of non-citizen families entering the U.S. end up on welfare. 

"I don’t like the idea of people coming in and going on welfare for 50 years, and that’s what they want to be able to do — and it’s no good,” Trump said, referencing Democrats.

The president referenced the U.S. military commitments to NATO and other allies, arguing that between those agreements and trade, "we owe a lot of money."

"We pay for their military defense and then they take advantage of us on trade in addition," he said. "It used to be in order to have the trade we take care of them — but they get us both ways.”

The president's comments highlight two of his long-standing views on immigration and foreign aid, both of which were reflected in his budget proposal released Monday.

Trump's budget request laid out a plan to require more stringent work requirements for Americans to receive government benefits such as Medicaid, SNAP food benefits and housing vouchers. The administration argued the measure would help save money over the course of several years.

The budget also calls for cuts to Medicare spending, though experts said most of those recommended reductions would affect payments to health care providers that do not directly impact senior citizens.

The budget proposal additionally requests $8.6 billion to be put toward construction of roughly 700 miles of new or reinforced barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border as Trump seeks to follow through on one of his signature campaign pledges.