Trump calls for END to immigrants draining U.S. welfare system

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The White House released President Trump’s Weekly Address Friday morning, in which he unleashed a powerful report on an issue that is a concern to every American – bringing jobs back to America, and protecting American workers.

Trump referenced the newly proposed merit-based immigration plan he introduced this week, called the “RAISE Act,” which would establish a skills-based point system for immigrant applicants, and eliminate the outdated visa lottery system. With this bill, he explained, the days will be over when immigrants can come into the United States and just start collecting welfare for five years.

Below is the full transcript of President Trump’s weekly address, with a video following:

“My Fellow Americans, as we celebrate American Dream Week at the White House, we continue to see incredible results. This week the Dow Jones Industrial average reached an all-time high. Never, ever has it been so high. In May the unemployment rate hit a 16-year low, and last quarter, real GDP growth increased to 2.6 percent.”

“Prosperity is coming back to our shores because we are putting America workers and families first.  The American dream has always been about doing what we love and doing it for the people we love. Whether serving in the armed forces, manufacturing goods, or starting a small business, our citizens pursue their aspirations and improve the lives of millions in countless ways.”

“Yet for too long, the dreams of many Americans have been put out of reach by Washington. Washington funded one global project after another, while allowing other countries to drain our jobs and drain the wealth of the United States of America. Then Washington taxed and regulated our own workers and industries, taking away their ability to earn a living.”

“But those days are over. My administration is working tirelessly on behalf of the American people. We have removed regulations and targeted unfair trade practices that are hurting Americans all over the world. We’re ending the war on coal and unleashing American energy. We are introducing a tax plan to grow our economy and create more jobs.”

“Factories and plants are coming back into Michigan and Ohio and Pennsylvania, and many other states. They are coming back, instead of leaving, like they have been for decades.”

“Just this week, we announced a historic immigration bill, to create a merit-based green card system that ends the abuse of our welfare system, stops chain migration, and protects our workers and our economy.”

“As an example, you cannot get welfare for five years when you come into our country. You can’t just come in, like in past weeks, years and decades, you came in and immediately started picking up welfare. For five years, you have to say you will not be asking or using our welfare systems.”

“As I said in my address to Congress, the time for dreaming big, bold and daring things for our country has begun. When Americans are free to pursue their dreams, there is no limit to what we can achieve. This is truly an exciting time in our country. Every day we are accomplishing great things for our people.”

“Thank you, God bless you, God bless the United States. We’re really moving along, we’re bringing back our jobs, we’re making America great again. Thank you.”

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