One of the most effective ploys by those attempting to vilify undocumented immigrants is to assert that those immigrants are stealing benefits from Americans. Donald Trump has deployed this falsehood on multiple occasions both in his speeches and on Twitter long before becoming president. It’s an insinuation quite divorced from reality.
It’s a national embarrassment that an illegal immigrant can walk across the border and receive free health care and one of our Veterans…..
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— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2015
Well into his presidency, Trump has made such claims, such as when he address a crowd of supporters this past June:
“Those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of
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