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Big Businesses Warn: Trump’s Immigration Reforms Will Hurt Food Stamp, Medicaid Enrollment

Investors are asking judges to block President Donald Trump’s “Public Charge” immigration reform because it will reduce their revenues from poor, unhealthy and unskilled migrants.

California Extending Taxpayer-Funded Health Coverage to Even More Illegals

“If you build it, they will come.” If the old adage holds any water, it is no wonder Pew Research Center reported in 2019 that the state of California is home to the largest population of illegal immigrants in the United States, accounting for approximately one in five of nation’s estimated illegal migrants. Liberal Gov.…

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Flourishing Trump Economy Lifts More Than 6 Million Off Food Stamps

Even before new rules proposed by the Trump administration have taken effect, the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has been falling, according to new data. Department of Agriculture data shows that 6.4 million fewer Americans received food stamps in September, at the end of the 2019 fiscal year, than in…

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Biden on Trump Getting Hundreds of Thousands Off Welfare: ‘Morally Bankrupt’

Just in case you wanted a preview of how a Joe Biden-Donald Trump presidential matchup would go, the former vice president is now saying President Trump’s move to get able-bodied adults with no dependents who won’t work, go to school or receive training removed from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is “morally bankrupt.” That eye-opener of…

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S. Carolina Tells Welfare Abusers No More Mooching, Either Work or Get the Boot

Earlier this month, the inimitable Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York got herself in a snit over a Trump administration rule that able-bodied individuals without any dependents who aren’t working or involved in some form of education or training won’t be eligible for food stamp benefits anymore. She rage-tweeted how her family had used food…

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Joe Biden’s Immigration Plan: Amnesty for Illegal Aliens, Free All Border Crossers into U.S.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s national immigration plan includes an effort to provide amnesty to all 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the United States, freeing border crossers into the country, and restarting welfare-dependent legal immigration that would cost American taxpayers billions.

Biden Supported Welfare Work Requirements in 1996, Now Calls Them ‘Morally Bankrupt’

Former vice president Joe Biden on Friday called the Trump administration “morally bankrupt” for its expansion of work requirements for food stamps, even though the former vice president was a self-proclaimed architect of America’s work for welfare regime.

Responding to news that an estimated 700,000 Americans could be removed from welfare rolls by a recently announced federal rule, Biden took to Twitter to say, “This administration is morally bankrupt.” He joined dozens of other Democrats who have expressed outrage at the change, which is meant to reduce SNAP rolls which swelled after the Great Recession.

During his time as a senator, however, Biden was a major backer of work requirements for welfare. In particular, he supported the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, the Clinton-era overhaul of the federal welfare system widely seen as ushering in “workfare” in the United States. Speaking in defense of the bill, he heralded it as a victory for the idea that “work should be the premise of our welfare system” and noted that he had pushed for such a reform before his first presidential run in 1988.

The seeming contradiction between Biden’s opposition to the administration’s decision and his previous stance on welfare, which voters could perceive as hypocritical, is yet another example of Biden’s past as a moderate Democrat leaving him out of step with the modern Democratic party.

Biden not only voted for the work requirement legislation in 1996 but also took to the Senate floor to extol the importance of welfare recipients working.

“The culture of welfare must be replaced with the culture of work,” Biden said on the Senate floor. “The culture of dependence must be replaced with the culture of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility. And, the culture of permanence must no longer be a way of life.”

Biden acknowledged in his speech that “there will be people, many of them children, who will fall through the cracks because of this bill” but contended that “that’s not a reason for failing to move forward.”

Biden said he had been “pilloried by many of [his] friends” for supporting work reform in 1987 but by 1996 “everyone [in the Senate] believes that work should be the premise of our welfare system.”

Biden’s full July 18, 1996 speech on work requirements can be viewed below.

The recent changes to SNAP promulgated by the Department of Agriculture represent a far less substantial change to the welfare system than what Biden advocated for during his time in the Senate.

The new rules would aim to end the use of state-level waivers which permit able-bodied adults without dependents to collect SNAP benefits without meeting legally mandated work requirements.

Such waivers have been used by the state of California to exempt 800,000 able-bodied adults from work requirements alone, even as unemployment continues to hit record lows. The Trump administration’s new rule would affect just a fraction of the 42 million Americans who collect SNAP benefits.

Biden’s 1996 welfare reform, by contrast, is widely considered one of the most consequential changes to the federal welfare system of all time. It helped implement work requirements of the kind that Biden himself now condemns.

The changes are widely condemned on the left. Slate‘s Jordan Weissmann, for example, said it “tore America’s safety net” and blamed it for creating “a zombie system rather than the bridge from poverty to work that its reformers envisioned.” Stacy Dean of the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities noted that the law also made major cuts to SNAP, the very program that Biden now laments the expansion of work requirements for.

Biden’s past comments on welfare reform may prove yet another example of the candidate’s less-than-far-left past coming back to haunt him. The 2020 frontrunner has already faced widespread criticism for another 1990 bill he helped author, the 1994 crime bill which many in the Democratic party’s progressive wing blame for the rise of mass incarceration.

The Biden campaign did not respond to questions on the new work requirements.

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AOC Lies About New Trump Welfare Rule & Children, Gets 40,000 Retweets

It was P.G. Wodehouse who said, “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth even has an opportunity to get its pants on.” It’s a pretty apt statement — except that it wasn’t Wodehouse who said it. Nor was it Mark Twain or Winston Churchill, both of whom have commonly gotten credit…

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Trump Takes 1st Step To Cut Welfare for Nearly 700,000 People, Tightens Work Requirement

In April 2018, President Donald Trump issued an executive order designed to reduce poverty and government dependence and promote employment and economic independence among Americans, in part by instructing relevant social welfare federal agencies to review and reform various regulations in that regard. As such, the Agriculture Department took a hard look at the Supplemental…

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Trump Administration Cracks Down on Food Stamp Regulations

Citing record-low unemployment levels, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a new rule Wednesday that will require more Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to go to work. According to current rules, able adults between the ages of 18 and 49 without children are limited to three months of benefits over 36 months unless they are working…

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Radical Swiss Imam Faces Allegations of Welfare Benefit Fraud

Radical Islamic imam Abu Ramadan, a migrant from Libya, is accused of illegally obtaining as much as 590,000 Swiss francs (£455,335/$596,700) between 2003 and 2017.

Bombshell EBT Investigation: Cash Withdrawals in Vegas, Resorts in Hawaii

I kind of wonder what Jason Greenslate is up to these days. Greenslate, in case you forgot, was the young gentleman known as “Lobster Boy.” He was the surfer who infamously bought sushi and lobster with his EBT card when he was profiled as part of a Fox News special on food stamps in the…

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New York City to Free 125K Accused Criminals, Give Taxpayer-Funded Housing, Job Training

The state of New York is set to free at least 20,000 accused criminals from prison beginning January 1, 2020 and provide many with taxpayer-funded housing and job training services thanks to criminal justice reform laws.

Judge Blocks Trump Rule That Could Deny Visas and Green Cards to Immigrants on Welfare

A federal judge in New York issued a temporary injunction Friday against a Trump administration immigration rule that will prevent the rule from taking effect Tuesday as originally planned. Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York issued the ruling, according to The New York Times. The rule, announced by the Trump…

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AOC’s Latest Proposal: Illegal Immigrants Get Same Welfare Benefits as Citizens

I’m not a naïf when it comes to why people run for Congress, and it’s not solely to represent their constituents in a “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” sort of way. Part of the game, if you’re so lucky, is building national recognition of your personal brand. It’s how you make the jump from freshman…

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Trump to Protect U.S. Taxpayers from Subsidizing Health Care for Immigrants

President Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Friday to protect American taxpayers from being forced to subsidize the healthcare costs of legal immigrants wanting to permanently resettle in the United States.