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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare

From Judicial Watch

Surprise, surprise; Census Bureau data reveals that most U.S. families headed by illegal immigrants use taxpayer-funded welfare programs on behalf of their American-born anchor babies.

Even before the recession, immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, according to the extensive census data collected and analyzed by a nonpartisan Washington D.C. group dedicated to researching legal and illegal immigration in the U.S. The results, published this month in a lengthy report, are hardly surprising.

Basically, the majority of households across the country benefitting from publicly-funded welfare programs are headed by immigrants, both legal and illegal. States where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62%), Texas, California and New York with 61% each and Pennsylvania (59%).

The study focused on eight major welfare programs that cost the government $517 billion the year they were examined. They include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for the disabled, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a nutritional program known as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), food stamps, free/reduced school lunch, public housing and health insurance for the poor (Medicaid).

Food assistance and Medicaid are the programs most commonly used by illegal immigrants, mainly on behalf of their American-born children who get automatic citizenship. On the other hand, legal immigrant households take advantage of every available welfare program, according to the study, which attributes it to low education level and resulting low income.

The highest rate of welfare recipients come from the Dominican Republic (82 %), Mexico and Guatemala (75%) and Ecuador (70%), according to the report, which says welfare use tends to be high for both new arrivals and established residents.  


  1. But I couldn't get it if I wanted to - at least I couldn't keep it. Guess I need to knock up an immigrant. . . .

  2. I got denied when I left my abusive ex; trying to start a life with NOTHING - job, money, car or house doesn't warrant any help. As I was leaving the assistance office there was a sign stating that anyone who didn't have a green card was automatically qualified for $500 emergency cash aide. I went to the desk and asked for my $$ as I certainly don't have a green card but apparently I asked in the wrong language because the lady got really rude and shooed me away from her desk for being 'an idiot smartass'.


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