Trump Signs Memo to Enforce Clinton-Era Law Requiring Immigrant Sponsors to Pay for Welfare Use

President Donald J. Trump Thursday signed a memorandum requiring the enforcement of a 1996 law passed by the administration of president William J. Clinton which requires the sponsors of American immigrants to pay for any social services used by those immigrants.

“Under the provision, each future sponsor of an immigrant would need to sign an affidavit that would spell out the financial responsibilities for the sponsored immigrant and create a collection mechanism to recover funds from the sponsor,” Fox News said. “The Department of Health and Human Services is to collect the data of the sponsors and the immigrants, while the Treasury Department would collect the funds.”

Enforcing the decades-old law is part of Trump’s plan to move the United States to a merit-based immigration system. The goal is to create a system of accountability for those who sponsor immigrants, in order to make sure that the immigrants do not become a drain on the American taxpayer.

“Our plan will transform America’s immigration system into the pride of our nation and the envy of the modern world,” Trump said in a Rose Garden press conference.

The move is a step in the right direction, as Trump’s immigration initiatives have been blocked by both Democrats and establishment Republicans.

Big League Politics reported:

As illegal border crossings surge, Democrats blocked a meaningful amount of wall funding in the 2019 federal budget. President Donald J. Trump declared a National Emergency to address the issue, with plans to divert Department of Defense funding for the project, for which several heavily-blue states immediately sued his administration.

In addition to failing to deliver wall funding during 2017 and 2018, 12 Republican Senators voted against the president’s emergency wall funding, including Sens. Mitt Romney (R-U