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Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare

Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare

APRIL 05, 2011

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 nonpartisanWashington 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.

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  • JimmyBiden

    I miss the part where that changes the essence of the headline. “Most illegal immigrant families” and “families headed by illegals” is the exact same thing.

  • kikkimay

    That is a bald-faced lie. They are able to receive ITIN’s (individual taxpayer identification numbers) and with those are able to claim tax credits for numerous children who either do not exist or do not reside in the USA. There have been news stories on the billions of dollars that have flown out of the treasury thanks to this scam. It was revealed in these reports that many ITIN tax filings (some cases dozens) were going to the same address.

  • Alina

    This is a huge issue in our country and the blame lies both with the republicans and democrats. We have countless homeless AMERICAN war veterans and other down-on-their-luck people with absolutely no place to go. Meanwhile, Illegal aliens show up and all of sudden the government can buy them anything.

    What has our country come to? Enforce our laws and this won’t be an issue.

    Why are we obligated to house these ILLEGAL people? They already get FREE healthcare at hospitals. What’s next – giving them free food, voting rights, and a EBT card / welfare check?

    Good grief! Americans like myself are struggling. I’m employed (temp work) but can’t afford health insurance. I don’t drive much either cause I can’t afford gas. My car insurance, at $25/month (from Insurance Panda), is good, but who knows when Obama will step in and socialize that. I cut cable and internet and I haven’t been out to eat or to the movies in god knows how long. It infuriates me that these people who don’t even belong here are getting more freebies than tax paying, law abiding citizens like myself

    Obama basically tells these poor fools that they will be given the world if they sneak into our country. After all, he won’t deport or arrest them. Both he and the republicans in congress (AND the illegals) have to go!

  • grey

    You and your brother go to rob a store, he goes in and commits the crime. He comes out hands you the money and both of you walk off. You both get caugh. You tell the Police “I didn’t rob the store, I was standing on the outside minding my own business”. Now do you think that would get over in a trail? You both would go to jail.


    Gov Granted Privileges (hailed as Rights by Progressive Marxist) need to Stop. Cleanse DC 2014. http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/04/most-illegal-immigrant-families-collect-welfare/


    agree, intent has been perverted, ty congress, My Gov. Not For the People But for the People that Run Gov. cleanse DC 2014

  • Gurnicus Blanstonius

    The first sentence of the article, as compared with the headline conflict. Two different subsets of immigrants. That’s the intellectual ‘slight of hand’ here. Most US families “headed by illegals”..is different than ‘most illegals’.

    Disgusting play on folks’ emotions. Guess that’s why the moron didn’t put his name on his article. Jeesh.

  • Dan

    The bible says thou shalt not steal. The illegals are coming into this country and gaming the system. Biblical enough for you?

  • Dan

    Go to WV and Kentucky. Or simply look up the fact whites collect the most welfare by far. These are facts.

  • Ray Chandler

    I*t has nothing to do with race. Last time I checked Honduran, El Salvadoran, etc., were not races. Piss off you stupid sack of monkey squeeze.

  • bob

    you’re right: It’s bullshit.
    Can’t collect without an SSN. Illegals cant get SSNs (and no they dont use fake ones, the computer systems that monitor for abuse are very good at catching such things; its why the fraud rate of the system as a whole, let alone that committed by illegal aliens) has dropped 80% in the past decade.

  • bob

    because charities and family worked so well during the Great Depression, right?
    News flash jack: the reason we had a Great Recession INSTEAD OF The Second Great Depression was those very same public benefits that kept people afloat. By keeping people afloat, it slows and arrests the fall of the economy, keeping it from falling even further and being even worse.

  • bob

    cause white men have it sooo bad

  • bob

    Racist piece of dung.

  • Ray Chandler

    I must admit you are one of the more subtle trolls I’ve ever seen. I don’t have a problem with what hotbuttrue said. He’s seeing the same scum I see.

  • Foxdogs

    The baby is not an American citizen until he/she is born. Deport the pregnant mother and score 2 points.

  • tired of both sides

    some of what you say is true but you ignore the hundreds of thousands that are criminals…do you know that the 3 biggest gangs in the US are from Central America…we need to enforce the immigration laws to lessen the burden on our nation

  • pat

    Fact is, the payment does go direct to the Illegal parents, and they shouldn’t be here in the first place. We need to end birthright citizenship when both parents are illegal. Only 2 countries do this and it’s costing our country Billions.

  • Ray Chandler

    End the “anchor baby” absurdity and let them die. Nothing lost but a bunch of parasites.

  • knesun6868

    I’m questioning the sources of the author who wrote the piece above. He states that illegals get welfare…it’s untrue. He is referring to “anchor babies” that allow the illegal parents to collect welfare. The babies are American citizens. The medicaid is only for pregnant woman who are carrying a baby who is an American citizen. Any WIC, food stamps, free/reduced lunch, SSI or TANF received is for the child/children who are American citizens. The amount given for programs depends on family size, so the parents aren’t included if they are illegal…only the children are counted…who are Citizens. I’m guessing there aren’t many Christians on this website?

  • Slugger

    The war against white working men and low and middle level white professionals continues.

  • Slugger

    The media in this country is controlled by the privileged elites. They like cheap labor and don’t have to live near them. This is why you almost NEVER hear or see a main stream media piece about the negative effects of illegal immigration.
    You and me, we have no power, democracy and representative government are a fiction, a sick joke.

  • Joe Myrick

    You all need to view the video “The Conquest of Aztlan”, and possess the understanding of the many reasons that these people are being allowed to enter this nation. We are being prepared for revolution. We are being prepared for annihilation to reset the words population level, and enter a new level of enlightment. A total new concept of revolution, where the entire world via all nations, are being prepared for civil unrest, and revolution. Please get yourselves into the mndset of the larger picture. The king of the hill is being threatened, by hill climbers.


    enforce the meaning of the 14th. because your born here in america. does not mean your a american citizen, enforce the 14th

  • iouusa

    dear hottbutttrue….although i agree that illegal immigrants pose an incredible problem to our country and need to be dealt with, what you just said is repulsive. People cannot control what circumstances they are born into and how dare you judge them so harshly. It’s people like you and comments like that that make conservatives such as myself want to become liberals. Some of the best people I know came to this country as illegal immigrants who’ve worked harder than anyone i know, now own businesses and do everything they can to contribute to their communities. Immigration is a problem, but our biggest problem are the hate-filled people such as yourself who aren’t willing to be reasonable and lack the compassion that has really made this country so great. I’m not trying to sound above you, i don’t even know you; but the conservative party is a Christian party, don’t give us a bad name and don’t give the liberal party more reason to hate us. think about it this way…if someone who was trying to decide what party to join read that comment, do you think they would want to join our cause?

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  • Kamaatz

    That’s no surprise. All these illegal immigrants try to get everything they can from this government and they don’t have to pay anything. This must be stopped, but with this administration almost giving them the key to the country, it never will be stopped as long as spender-in-chief is in the white house.

  • Sean Lake

    I don’t want to seem unsympathetic to peoples’ needs but yes I agree with a lot of comments. It is hard to not express anger that is viewed as racist, however, there is a huge problem with illegals breaking the basic law of being here illegally and sucking the teats of lady liberty. We are all here to help each other however that doesn’t mean allowing illegals to destroy the country that so many have given their lives for, not just soldiers but hard working true Americans, and this quote of”we are all illegals because of the native americans” is poppy cock. Any area that is conquered, good or bad wise, is now ruled by that government. That’s how it happens folks. Now let’s live in the present, we have an established government, citizens are born here, live here and try to work here. Then we have cockroaches flowing into the country to “provide” for their families with no thoughts of how their actions destroy legal resident’s lives by taking even the crappy jobs that we would otherwise take when we need to supply for our families.

  • Ace Boogie

    I am so sick of welfare bums. I know of numerous welfare bums, including two dominicans, that use welfare, not as a helping hand in time of need, but as a supplement to their income. One falsely claims to be disabled in order to receive ssi benefits, while he owns and operates a cash business. The other does a similar thing with food stamps. In other words, they take the money from the government and use it as investment capital. END ALL WELFARE NOW. IT IS A FRAUD. LET CHARITIES AND FAMILY MEMBERS SEE TO THE NEEDY AND THE FRAUD WILL END.

  • Climp Jones

    so if they’re collecting gov’t aid that means they’re registered. So it shouldn’t be difficult to locate them and deport them. If people are worried about ‘them’ unable to support themselves in the country of origin; then maintain them on the dole for 2 years by mailing them a check with an amount commiserate to the standard of living to the country they’ve been returned to.

  • Karl Stalin

    Most Illegal Immigrant Families Collect Welfare??? That’s not news…..

  • Jerry Michael Hardin

    There are lots of comments I could make on this subject but, to do so is like pissing in the wind.

  • Mark Hillyard

    I’m a regular white guy here in CA. I’ve been helping a 58 yr. old guy try to get back on his feet since he lost all, including his home, in a mean divorce, and sickness from running a squab business. I let him keep his only possesion on my property, his horse, otherwise he’d have to get rid of it. He needs work and works hard for me when I have a job for him. He’s also a house painter but the jobs are taken up by mexicans and it’s always the same for him, no work for you white boy. He talks to people, runs ads and does what he can to find work. He’s also trying not to hate the illegals, he says, “it aint’ good to hate people.”

  • Harry Patrick O’Boyle

    We are constantly being told that illegal aliens are a benifit to our economy. I am tired of being lied to.

  • hotbutttrue

    They’re everywhere. In my once nice neighborhood there are now 12 screaming retarded anchor babies. Their fat disgusting mamacitas just let them run wild destroying everything. They dont’ care. And it’s racist to tell them to shut the fxxk up. This is in every small town. These little piglet anchor babies grow up to become little thug gangbangers and poop out more welfare babies. They just come here to work? No these people are vermin and should all be shot. Without illegal aliens there would be plenty of money for NASA. These 3rd world piles of feces have turned the once greatest country in the world into a 3rd world toilet. All allowed by the politician to get votes. The only thing possible to do about it is to vote for politicians that agree this is an evil thing destroying the country and end it.

  • Gary Allan

    Well , according to Obama, it’s the right thing to do. I just hope the liberals are paying their fair share for this .

  • corey2444

    They get free cab ride to the doctor, too. I would know because I use to drive a cab. The cab companies bill the walfare insurance $3.00 per mile and pay the drive $1.50 per mile. If a specialiist is 25 miles away, do the math. There’s 500 cab drivers on the road on a day shift for the company I worked with in Phoenix.

  • Debbie Stoldt

    If you want open borders, you can’t have social welfare programs. Get rid of every program. And if your born here and your parents are not citizens you don’t become a citizen.

  • Danny Easterling

    Why do these people get benefits? Illegal immigrant means you need to be arrested and returned to where you came from. Since when is my duty to pay taxes to support other countries populations. Seems like its time to turn over a new leaf and at least arrest them and get them off welfare. Think what a savings that would be and we would then be taking care of our own citizens.

    Who’s gonna call their congress critter?

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