Welfare for illegal aliens


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Study: More than 7-in-10 California Immigrant Households Are on Welfare

According to a 4 December 2018 Breitbart article, a vast majority of the illegal aliens in California receive welfare.

The latest Census Bureau data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) finds that about 72 percent of households headed by noncitizens and immigrants use one or more forms of taxpayer-funded welfare programs in California — the number one immigrant-receiving state in the U.S.

Meanwhile, only about 35 percent of households headed by native-born Americans use welfare in California.

(Read more at Breitbart)

When the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy saying “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Timothy 5:8 NASB), he was pointing out the importance of work. Working to support a family establishes the leader of the family. Sacrificing for a family shows the love in one’s heart.

Therefore, when a third party (the US welfare state) steps into the family dynamic, something will give. Someone from the Black Christian community should tell these “immigrants” about the problems the US welfare state has brought by providing only a hand out with no hand up.

The Left, with its short memory, might ask “what hand up?” It seems that they forget that, from the Red Cross to many local hospitals, Christians established a charitable organizations that give to the poor. Additionally, we are the most likely to continue giving. The only thing many on the right ask of these illegals is that they turn and do it the legal way.

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63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program

A 2 December 2018 Neil Munro article on Breitbart digs through a study by the Center for Immigration Studies. In that study, almost 2/3 of all households headed by an illegal alien have been found to be using the American welfare system (as opposed to about half of that for native-born Americans).

“In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households,” says the group’s December 3 report, which relies on federal data to track migrant use of welfare.

“A very large share of immigrants are unable to support their own children and turn to taxpayer-funded means-tested programs,” the report says. “In terms of the policy debate over immigration and the implications for public coffers, this is the central concern.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

When someone else pays for a service that another person consumes, two things happen:

  1. The resources of the payer become ever more scarce.
  2. The consumer tends to over-consume.

Whether the health care system or the welfare system is the point of contention, there will come a time when there are too many nickel-and-dime charges to the system. Likewise, there will come a time when the bill will come due for welfare. I don’t know if that bill will manifest by raising limits on who gets the allotments or if they will just close the office, but the bill will come.

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Not a new problem: 2011 study shows 70% of illegal aliens in Texas received welfare

During the Obama administration, a 6 April 2011 Houston Chronicle article found that over 70% of illegal aliens in Texas received welfare.

Thirteen years after Congress overhauled the American welfare system, 57 percent of immigrants with children — those in the country legally or not — use at least one government, welfare program according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies.

In comparison, 39 percent of native-born Americans with children are signed up for welfare, the report found.

In Texas, 54 percent of legal immigrants and 70 percent of illegal immigrants receive welfare assistance, with illegal immigrants generally receiving benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children, according to the study, written by a think tank that favors reducing immigration into the U.S.

Overall, Texas tied with California and New York for the second highest immigrant welfare rates behind Arizona.

We should note that the study takes an expansive view of what constitutes a government welfare program, so programs such as reduced-price school lunches for low-income students are classified as welfare, according to CIS’ methodology.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

What can I say? We have known about this for years, but have done little to change the issue.

If You Believe the State of the Union Claims, Look at these Graphs Generated from Federal Systems


Thanks to the Independent Journal Review for the following graphs (the first eight of which you can generate if you go to the US Department of the Treasury web site).

  1. The Level of Public Debt
  2. The Level of Federal Debt
  3. The Number of People Working
  4. Homeownership Rate in the USA
  5. The Level of Student Debt
  6. Food Stamp Participation
  7. Federal Spending on Welfare and Social Programs
  8. Real Median Household Income in the USA
  9. Cost Per Individual for Healthcare

Obama’s Fundamentally-Transformed America – #5 Immigrants found More Likely to be on Welfare


The above illustration shows other possible reading on the topic.

Immigrants More Likely to be on Welfare

A Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) paper released on 29 September 2015 examined immigrant (legal and illegal) and native welfare participation through the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). Although the complexity of the Census Bureau data made it difficult to follow, CIS suggested that the survey seems to provide the most accurate picture of welfare participation. From that survey, CIS contends that SIPP shows immigrant households use welfare at significantly higher rates than native households. Among many findings, CIS says:

“In 2012, 51 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal or illegal) reported that they used at least one welfare program during the year, compared to 30 percent of native households. Welfare in this study includes Medicaid and cash, food, and housing programs.

Immigrant households have much higher use of food programs (40 percent vs. 22 percent for natives) and Medicaid (42 percent vs. 23 percent). Immigrant use of cash programs is somewhat higher than natives (12 percent vs. 10 percent) and use of housing programs is similar to natives.

Welfare use varies among immigrant groups. Households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico (73 percent), the Caribbean (51 percent), and Africa (48 percent) have the highest overall welfare use. Those from East Asia (32 percent), Europe (26 percent), and South Asia (17 percent) have the lowest.

The high rates of immigrant welfare use are not entirely explained by their lower education levels. Households headed by college-educated immigrants have significantly higher welfare use than households headed by college-educated natives — 26 percent vs. 13 percent.

In the four top immigrant-receiving states, use of welfare by immigrant households is significantly higher than that of native households: California (55 percent vs. 30 percent), New York (59 percent vs. 33 percent), Texas (57 percent vs. 34 percent), and Florida (42 percent vs. 28 percent).’

This post requires a hat tip to Breitbart News.

Does Obama mean to create Democrats by Piping Immigrants in and Getting them hooked on Welfare?

The reason that I wrote this post on immigrants’ propensity to being on welfare comes not from a desire to downgrade immigrants.  Rather, I think that this plight illustrates the Obama administration’s headlong plunge into trying to create an immigrant underclass that will become dependent on welfare and thus always vote Democrat.

Additionally, by the fact that all classes of immigrants (both college-educated and other) have seemingly been desensitized to the stigma that most Americans associate with welfare, is this a successful attempt by Obama to broaden the dependent pool?