Stunning new data from the US census confirms America’s worst nightmare about our out of control immigration system.
According to a new analysis, a majority of “non-citizens,” including those with legal green card rights are using welfare programs.
From 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more.
This is important because we are having a huge debate over immigration in this country with the Trump administration demanding an end or to severely curtail the gravy train.
Look, America is very generous and we help the tired and the poor huddled masses but immigrants also know how to game the system.
It would not be shocking to find that many may work under the table jobs and take welfare thus looting the3 state twice – by not paying taxes and then by using welfare.
It is not all of them but we have s system that encourages this bad behavior so when their relatives tell them money literally grows on trees here, and they get here and find it does, of course, they are going to take it.
Which is why Trump issued new rules to classify welfare programs so we can get to the bottom of the fraud and abuse.
From the Study: New “public charge” rules issued by the Trump administration expand the list of programs that are considered welfare, receipt of which may prevent a prospective immigrant from receiving lawful permanent residence (a green card).
Analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) shows welfare use by households headed by non-citizens is very high.
Of non-citizens in Census Bureau data, roughly half are in the country illegally. Non-citizens also include long-term temporary visitors (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students) and permanent residents who have not naturalized (green card holders).
Despite the fact that there are barriers designed to prevent welfare use for all of these non-citizen populations, the data shows that, overall, non-citizen households access the welfare system at high rates, often receiving benefits on behalf of U.S.-born children.
Among the findings:
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.
Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are not counted as welfare. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax. Like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested, anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it.
Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).
Including the EITC, 31 percent of non-citizen-headed households receive cash welfare, compared to 19 percent of native households. If the EITC is not included, then cash receipt by non-citizen households is slightly lower than natives (6 percent vs. 8 percent).
While most new legal immigrants (green card holders) are barred from most welfare programs, as are illegal immigrants and temporary visitors, these provisions have only a modest impact on non-citizen household use rates because: 1) most legal immigrants have been in the country long enough to qualify; 2) the bar does not apply to all programs, nor does it always apply to non-citizen children; 3) some states provide welfare to new immigrants on their own; and, most importantly, 4) non-citizens (including illegal immigrants) can receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children who are awarded U.S. citizenship and full welfare eligibility at birth.