This week, the Center for Immigration Studies released a report finding that illegal immigrant households receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits every year, significantly more than the average “indigenous” American household, at $4,431.
Many pro-immigrant liberals like to argue that illegal immigrants contribute more to society than they take. The recent CIS study disputes that theory.
Households headed by immigrants receive a total of $103 billion in welfare benefits. While 30 percent of “native” American households collect welfare benefits, over half of all immigrant households collect welfare.
The author of the CIS study, Jason Richwine, breaks down the welfare largess by category. Immigrant-headed households consume 33 percent more cash welfare (Supplemental Security Income and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), 57 percent more food assistance, and 44 percent more Medicaid than American households.
The study also breaks down the welfare dependency by geographic area. Mexican and Central American immigrants tend to be the most dependent on welfare, collecting over $8200 per family per year. Less dependent on welfare benefits were immigrants from Europe and Asia.
CIS’s executive director, Mark Krikorian, explains that most of these immigrants work, but they are uneducated and therefore have very low-paying jobs. He adds, “If we continue to permit large numbers of less-educated people to move here from abroad, we have to accept that there will be huge and ongoing costs to taxpayers.”
Do we really need a study to tell us that importing large numbers of uneducated immigrants into our country will result in an ever-expanding tax burden? Apparently, we do. Democrats are intent on not only continuing third world immigration, but accelerating it.
A nation that keeps importing welfare recipients eventually goes bankrupt. This is a concept that does not seem to faze the Democrat Party.
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