Immigrants Get More Welfare Than U.S.-Born Families

Welfare payments more frequently go to households headed by immigrants than to native-born families, according to a report by the Center for Immigration Studies.

The conservative organization’s analysis took into account public assistance received by legal as well as undocumented immigrants, according to Breitbart News. The center claimed that 51 percent of immigrant households, compared with 30 percent of others, benefitted from government welfare programs in 2012.

The report cited statistics compiled by the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. The numbers included families who qualify for Medicaid, financial aid, food programs and housing subsidies.

“If immigration is supposed to benefit the country, then immigrant welfare use should be much lower than native use,” said Steven Camarota, director of research for the center and lead author of the report. “However, two decades after welfare reform tried to curtail immigrant welfare use, immigrant households are using most programs at higher rates than natives.”

“The low-skill level of many immigrants means that although most work, many also access welfare programs,” according to Camarota, who added: “If we continue to allow large numbers of less-educated immigrants to settle in the country, then immigrant welfare use will remain high.”

The Cato Institute criticized the study’s methodology, accusing the center of circulating misleading information.

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