New study: 70% of households headed by immigrants are collecting welfare

Net annual cost of illegal immigration
Net annual cost of illegal immigration

The Washington Times reports on the latest numbers from the Census Bureau.

Excerpt:

The latest Census Bureau numbers find that more than seven of 10 households headed by immigrants in California, and nearly the same amount in Texas, are on the taxpayer dole.

[…]According to the latest numbers from 2014, fully 63 percent of non-citizens are living off at least one welfare program. That translates into 4.68 million households.

[…]“Concern over immigrant welfare use is justified, as households headed by non-citizens’ use means means-tested welfare at high rates,” said the Center for Immigration Studies, in its report on the numbers. “Non-citizens in the data include illegal immigrants, long-term temporary visitors like guest workers, and permanent residents who have not naturalized.”

What’s most troublesome about the Census findings is the fact that the 63 percent of non-citizens on welfare actually grows to 70 percent for those who stay in-country 10 years or longer — meaning the entitlement mind only solidifies.

Meaning non-citizens on welfare don’t tend to get off welfare.

The reason I am posting about this study is because of the widespread perception on the left that all opposition to illegal immigration is just caused by racism. And similarly, support for border security has nothing to do with preventing crime and protecting our national security. It’s all caused by racism too. Well, when you look at a study like this, you can clearly see that people who oppose illegal immigration and support border security have other things on their minds than racism.

Right now, we are nearly $22 trillion in debt. And it’s climbing by over $1 trillion per year. We’re already spending too much money. Interest on the debt is becoming a larger and larger part of our budget, leaving less money for real priorities like defense and infrastructure. Someone is going to have to pay for all these handouts that are driving us into debt. Young people people have the most to lose, because they have their whole professional lives ahead of them.

I just want to be clear about something. I am very much in favor of skilled immigration. I think that people who come here to WORK  should be allowed to come here to WORK. While they are WORKING they should be ineligible for collecting any money from the government. They should not be able to vote or influence elections. They should not be able to bring any of their non-working relatives here. They should be deported if they commit a felony. They should be deported if they lose or quit their jobs. And if they are able to keep working, following the law, and staying off the dole, for a period of 10 years, then they should be allowed to apply for green cards. But our current system isn’t oriented towards skilled immigrants. All the concern on the left AND on the right AND in the churches is about refugees and illegal immigrants.

Personally, I think we could be a LOT more accepting of skilled immigrants if we got rid of all the welfare programs. After all, if there is no welfare to be collected, then why would people even want to come here? The only reason they would come would be for the right reason – for liberty. And in order to stay, they would have to work and follow the law. That’s who we want to bring in. If we only brought in law-abiding workers, then we could be a lot more generous about letting people of all races in.

And from a political point of view, we don’t do well when we import a bunch of big government liberals from countries that don’t accept American ideals, like individual liberty and limited government.

As far as I’m concerned, there should only be two paths to citizenship for immigrants: skilled labor and military service. And both of those for 10 years minimum. But that’s not how the current system works. I just want everyone to understand that this is not an issue that has no effect on taxpayers. If we bring in unskilled immigrants and refugees, then we are going to have to pay for their schooling, their health care, and maybe even basics like food and spending money.

Like we saw in my post about the rioting environmentalists in France, leftists are all for big spending – until they realize that they are going to be taxed to pay for it. Then, they start rioting to get out of being taxed to pay for what they voted for. Well, YOU’RE going to be taxed to pay for the unskilled immigrants brought in by “generous” politicians of both parties. Are you doing so well in your own lives that you have extra money to throw around to other people?

3 thoughts on “New study: 70% of households headed by immigrants are collecting welfare”

  1. Reading many places, what’s also frustrating for IMMIGRANTS is that mainstream news lumps “legal immigrants” with “illegal immigrants” and conflate the two.

    For instance, I saw this amusing piece, “If you immigrated to the United States legally do you feel that illegal immigrants should be given the same opportunity to settle?” (sorry for the language, not my writing)

    https://www.quora.com/If-you-immigrated-to-the-United-States-legally-do-you-feel-that-illegal-immigrants-should-be-given-the-same-opportunity-to-settle/

    Pretty much the summary of every legal immigrant is:
    “Why should these people be given special status and privileges for cutting the line and ignoring the rules/laws?”

    All of the immigrants writing are skilled immigrants, who weren’t on welfare (no public assistance) — not even unemployment benefits, paid their taxes and their fees, no criminal record.

    For instance, Shantanu Mantri who graduated from Georgia Tech wrote:

    My parents worked their butts off to enter legally into the United States from India.

    My mom walked for over an hour every day because she wanted to go to the best university near her area. My grandfather on my dad’s side of the family died when he was in high school. He and his little brother (my uncle) had to work to support my grandmother and get an education. Both of them attended prestigious colleges and got an opportunity to move to the United States in the 90’s through the H1B Visa program.

    My parents followed all of the rules perfectly.

    They never overstayed their visas.
    They never did anything illegal while in the US.
    They didn’t pay US citizens to marry them after entering illegally in order to gain citizenship.
    They didn’t use somebody else’s visa to enter the US.
    They didn’t cross any borders illegally.
    They eventually got a green card (which took a long time), and are now US citizens. Nowhere in this process did they try to cheat the system, and I’m proud of them for doing things honestly.

    Now, after working their butts off, following the rules, and spending tons of money to be where they are, they hear an entire political party saying the people who cheated should get to stay.

    How could they not be pissed? I’m sorry, but if you’re trying to cheat the system, you should not be given the same opportunity as people who came here legally.

    Most of the people who come here aren’t asylum seekers. Sure, the living standard in the countries they come from may not always be great, but a lot of them are just seeking economic opportunity.

    People like to focus on border crossings, but I’m more concerned about the people who cheat once they enter the US.

    There are people in this country who overstayed their visas.

    There are people in this country who paid off some poor American to marry them and get legal status (they then divorce them after a while).

    There are people who give birth in the United States and abuse birthright citizenship.***

    The worst part is, these people behave like victims when confronted with the fact that they know they cheated.

    They’ll say “Oh, but I was doing what’s best for my family” or “Yeah, but my children had nothing to do with it. They were born here, so I need citizenship. Don’t separate me from them”. Guess what? Legal immigrants can use the same logic. My parents did what was best for the family, but they followed the rules. The ultimate guilt is knowing that you cheated the system, and because of your actions somebody else who did everything fairly may never get to immigrate to the US because of (what I perceive as) selfishness.

    I’m tired of hearing excuses.

    If you escaped a war-torn nation and are seeking asylum as a refugee, you have my sympathy. You must have experienced hell and you are welcome here.

    On the other hand, if you came here to seek economic opportunity from a somewhat stable 3rd/2nd world nation and cheated the system, you get no sympathy from me.

    I’m going to get attacked by liberals for this answer, but so be it. While I’m not a fan of the roughness of Trump’s immigration policies or his disparaging comments on illegal immigrants, he is absolutely right about the fact that they broke the law to get here. The US needs to buckle down on them and enforce it.

    ***I should clarify what I mean by abusing birthright:

    Entering the country illegally with the intent to use your child as a means of gaining citizenship is definitely an abuse of this, even though the child is legally a citizen.
    Entering the country legally (for a short time), overstaying your visa (illegal), then having a child imho is also an abuse of this.
    Entering legally, and then having a child, with the intent on going back to your country with your child in the case that your visa expires, is not abusing birthright citizenship.

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  2. People will always start to view the legal migrants as ones that cost our system and it will be that way inevitably.

    Once our taxes are jacked up higher. More inflation hits and gov’t gets crqdir ratings lowered due to massive debt. Citizens will automatically assume anyone with an accent is a free loader that cost them money. The left can claim it won’t happen but of course it will occur.

    Why should anyone follow the rules that are long and expensive if you can jump the line.

    If I had a choice to buy or rent a house, or else move to an empty house as a squatter and live protected for free many would choose that option

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