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Report Shows More Than 60% of Illegal Immigrants Are on Government Assistance

A recent report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) sheds light on the significant welfare dependency observed among households led by illegal immigrants and green card holders in the United States.

Authored by CIS analysts Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler, the study utilized data from the 2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to examine the prevalence of taxpayer-funded welfare programs among non-citizen households.

Welfare Usage Insights

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According to the CIS report, a notable 59 percent of households headed by illegal immigrants utilize at least one major taxpayer-funded welfare program, in stark contrast to the 39 percent of U.S.-born households accessing such assistance.

Access Through US Born Children

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While government-funded social programs are typically unavailable to illegal aliens, benefits can be accessed through their U.S.-born children, allowing for access to welfare despite restrictions.

Welfare Program Utilization

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Certain U.S. states provide Medicaid and SNAP benefits to some adult illegal aliens and their children, contributing to the high rate of welfare usage among non-citizen households, as highlighted in the study.

Inclusion of PRs

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The study’s findings encompass both permanent residents, commonly known as green card holders, and illegal immigrants.

Employment Dynamics and Welfare Dependency

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Contrary to stereotypes, a significant portion of immigrant households, including those led by illegal immigrants, have at least one employed member.

In fact, 83 percent of all immigrant households and 94 percent of those led by illegal immigrants have at least one worker, challenging assumptions about welfare dependency and work ethic.

Factors Influencing Welfare Usage

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The report underscores that welfare usage among immigrant households cannot be solely attributed to unemployment.
Factors such as household composition, income level, and educational attainment also contribute to welfare dependency.

Higher Usage Rates Compared to US-Born Counterparts

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Immigrant households without children, high-income households, and those led by individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree were found to be more likely to use welfare compared to their U.S.-born counterparts.

Impact Amid Border Crisis

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These findings come amid ongoing concerns about illegal immigration, with the Biden administration facing unprecedented levels of migration at the southern border.

Challenges for Local Leaders

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The overwhelming influx of illegal aliens has prompted criticism from Democratic governors and mayors, who have raised concerns about the strain on local resources and taxpayer-funded services.

Response from Local Authorities

Central American migrants detained by border patrol after they irregularly crossed the border to seek humanitarian asylum in the United States — Photo by Laflota

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson have voiced challenges posed by illegal immigration in their respective cities.

Mayor Adams announced significant budget cuts to offset costs, while Mayor Johnson filed a lawsuit against busing companies transporting migrants to Chicago, highlighting financial burdens on local governments.

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