Advocates for more immigration and lax enforcement of immigration laws keep telling us that without all of these immigrants, legal and illegal, our economy would crumble. They say that there would be nobody to do yard work and clean hotel rooms and that high tech jobs would go unfilled without so many foreign workers. What they don’t want to talk about is how many immigrants are welfare recipients. A new study reveals that more than half of the immigrants here are on some form of public assistance. So basically, we’re importing dependents.
More than half of the nation’s immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that’s far higher than the native-born population’s, according to a report to be released Wednesday.
About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.
Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76% of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52% for the native-born.
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