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63% of Non-Citizen Households Access Welfare Programs.

Captain Adverse

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"63% of Non-Citizen Households Access Welfare Programs Compared to 35% of native households." https://www.cis.org/Report/63-NonCitizen-Households-Access-Welfare-Programs

So we keep hearing arguments from the Progressive-Left that illegal immigrants are not really a drain on our social welfare programs because "they pay taxes too."

Yet data from the 2014 Census argues otherwise:

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.

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.

So we can see that contrary to the narrative that illegal migrants are not a drain on social welfare programs, they do in fact make up a larger percentage of users of these programs than our own citizens do.

When you add the fact that the vast majority of such immigrants are unskilled workers with the additional burden of not being able to commnicate in English (of course we are told WE should learn THEIR languages) competing with American low skilled workers thereby deflating wages...well the economics shows we need to seriously re-think this idea of being so welcoming to illegal aliens pushing into our nation.

It IS costing us folks, yet some people simply refuse to see the long term problems mass migration will have, despite this kind of evidence.
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