Trump held a rally in New Hampshire, pictured below:
Trump rally in Manchester pic.twitter.com/vD0XeXGjzK— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) February 10, 2020
It's indoors because it's in New England in February, but it's sold out, which means that a lot of New Hampshiremen and women had to line up outside for a while.
Trump did mention immigration, but not, as we like to check, increasing legal immigration. Here's Trump at 29:07 in his speech:
After years of building up other countries, we are finally rebuilding our country. Or no issue haveWashington Democrats more thoroughly sold out the American people than a thing called immigration, right?
Before I came into office, the far left's policy of open borders allowed deadly drugs to flow freely into our country, and that's what they want. [Audience Boos] I see them campaigning right down the street. It's really boring to watch, but I try and watch. I have an obligation to watch, really boring stuff, but they want open borders.
They want thousands and thousands of people to pour into our country, many of whom are not exactly what we're looking for. OK? I mean, murderers, rapists, and some other things. They're going to be poisoning our children with drugs, including right here in New Hampshire. And you have one of the biggest drug problems in the country, and we brought it down 18%. But we have to do better.
18%. Washington Democrats put the needs of illegal immigrants before the well-being of American citizens. They want to let anyone into our country from all around the world, Just come on in, folks. We're going to give you free health care. We're going to give you free education. We're going to give you more than our vets are getting.
We're going to give you—every family will get a free Rolls-Royce. You know I said that, Matt. I said that to them. And some of the fake news picked it up, and they said, President Trump said every family coming into our country illegally gets a brand-new free Rolls-Royce. He lied. He lied. He lied. They gave me a Pinocchio.
Speech: Donald Trump Holds a Political Rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Factbase, February 10, 2020
The MSM said he was wrong about immigrants getting free cars, and then they said he was wrong about them giving him a Pinocchio on free cars. Here's the NYT a couple of years ago:
Let me rebunk the false claim here—all illegals are eligible for licenses, healthcare and education under the Democrats' plans, and refugees have been getting free cars for years, as we reported here almost 20 years ago, when the NYT said that there were "false rumors" that Somali refugees were "getting free cars, courtesy of the government".
At an October rally in Arizona, Mr. Trump criticized Democrats for allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses. “Next thing you know, they’ll want to buy ’em a car,” he speculated. “Then they’ll say the car’s not good enough, we want — how about a Rolls-Royce?”
A day later, at a campaign rally in Nevada, Mr. Trump presented this theory as reality, telling supporters that Democrats wanted to give cars and licenses to undocumented immigrants in addition to free health care and education.
“They said he gets a Pinocchio for that,” Mr. Trump said to laughter at a campaign rally in Mississippi, referring to The Washington Post’s rating system for false claims. “They got me!”Links in original, emphasis added.
Deciphering the Patterns in Trump’s Falsehoods, by Linda Qiu, December 29, 2018,
And if you still wanted to make this a "false claim" by saying refugees are different from illegals, they're not. People come in illegally and claim refugee status, refugees get rejected and refuse to leave, still being illegal.
"Free cars" also "courtesy of the government"? Our journalistic investigators could have stumbled upon the strange case of the refugee resettlement organization with the used car dealer license. "Free cars" at government expense are very much a part of refugee resettlement.
It works like this: All non-governmental organizations [NGOs] involved in settling refugees – the so-called "refugee contractors" such as the Roman Catholic charities and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - are using the incredible expanding DHHS Office of Refugee Resettlement Matching Grant program (ORRMG). Now 24 years old, the program was started to encourage direct private giving to refugees. It provided matching federal monies, first equaling and eventually doubling every dollar provided by the NGO refugee contractor.
"Matching grant" refugees are a subset of the contractor's refugee caseload. They have agreed to forgo welfare (except for food stamps and free medical care) for 4 months while participating in the program, which is oriented towards placing the refugee in a job. But the refugee contractors tend to pick refugees who are already job-ready. And, after just 4 months, the refugee can leave the program and go on welfare anyway. In total, the NGO refugee contractor can expect a cash grant from the taxpayer up to a limit of $2,000 per refugee - which can be multiplied by the number of refugees participating in the program.
The refugee contractor's staff salary and administration overhead can be covered with this money.
And the NGO refugee contractor can put up only 20% of its match in actual money - the rest can be donated goods valued at, well, whatever they can get away with.
Enter the free cars. One of the most effective ways for the refugee contractor to raise money is to buy cars or receive them as donations. With a car valued at, say, $2,000 as its "match," the refugee contractor claims $4,000 from the government – twice the value of its "contribution." A refugee receives a free car - presto, free cars at government expense. (And, in this case, the refugee contractor must also show that it spent a whopping $400 in cash, but that could be imputed overhead.)
Only about a third of recent refugees participated in the ORRMG. I presume a minority received a free car. I made several calls to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to determine how many. But, apparently, no one at ORR knows - even though, under ORRMG guidelines, the contractors must show how they meet their "match" for each claim.
by Thomas Allen, VDARE.com,
Pessimists may see that as supporter for some Kushnerian increase in legal immigration, but I don't think Trump would say that. The fact that he does these rallies where he speaks to crowds leads the Left to call him a "demagogue", which literally means "speaks to the people"."With your help, we will lift millions of more of our citizens from welfare to work, dependence to independence, and poverty to prosperity. Together, we will elect a Republican Congress to create a fair, sane, and lawful system of immigration."