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Anti-Immigration Group Claims Foreigners Get More Welfare

The typical immigrant family on public assistance receives about $1,000 more per year than native U.S. households, according to the Center For Immigration Studies.

Newsmax reported that the conservative organization cited federal government statistics from 2012, claiming they showed the average annual welfare payment to a household with at least one immigrant was $5,692. That compared with $4,431 for the typical U.S.-born family. The CIS noted that while illegal migrants are not eligible for assistance, their children qualify if they are American citizens.

The analysis found that more than $103 billion went to households featuring an adult born in another country. Fifty-one percent of non-native households received some sort of assistance in 2012, according to the CIS. Only 31 percent of U.S.-born families got welfare that year.

Mexican and Central American natives raked in an average of $8,251, about 86 percent more than households with no immigrants, the report stated. The typical household with a foreign-born member got 33 percent more in welfare, 57 percent more in food benefits and 44 percent more in Medicaid than the average native family, according to the CIS.

Factcheck.org and others often dispute the findings of the CIS, which advocates for immigration restrictions. Analysts have accused the organization of spreading “errors and misleading assertions.”

Photo: Womenopause Interactive, Patriot Update

Report claims immigrants receive more welfare than others.

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