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  • Poverty Immigrating to America's Welfare State

    Welfare spending is projected to skyrocket over the next 10 years, costing taxpayers $10.3 trillion and driving the United States toward bankruptcy.  To make matters worse,  a new report shows that the United States is seeing large percentage of its immigrant population exacting a costly toll on the welfare roles. According to Steven A. Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies:

    In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010), 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children.

    Camarota also notes that low education among immigrant-headed households is part of the problem:

    Of households headed by an immigrant who has not graduated high school, 80 percent access the welfare system, compared to 25 percent for those headed by an immigrant who has at least a bachelor’s degree.

    With means-tested welfare spending approaching $1 trillion per year and 15 percent ($100 billion per year) of total spending going to households headed by immigrants with high school degrees or less, limiting low-skill immigration is one way to tackle the problem. The Heritage Foundation’s Katherine Bradley and Robert Rector write:

    Government policy should limit future immigration to those who will be net fiscal contributors, paying more in taxes than they receive in benefits. The legal immigration system should not encourage immigration of low-skill immigrants who would increase poverty in the nation and impose vast new costs on already overburdened taxpayers.

    In addition, the government should not provide amnesty or “earned citizenship” to illegal immigrants, which would provide illegal immigrants with full access to the U.S. welfare system. Of the 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S., at least 50 percent lack a high school degree. Giving this population amnesty and access to welfare would lead to a staggering increase in future welfare costs.

    Growth in welfare spending is already on an untenable path;  importing poverty, failing to reform the system, and allowing for the unlimited growth of welfare entitlements is a recipe for failure.

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    16 Responses to Poverty Immigrating to America's Welfare State

    1. Roger S., Mass. says:

      The problem is not, by itself, immigration, be it legal or illegal, but first of all our "Welfare State" type of entitlements, which should not exist in any case, and which are bankrupting us at present levels. This makes immigration especially attractive to those who have the least to offer in return, while at the same time expecting the most in handouts which, by the way, they would have a hard time obtaining anywhere else but here.

      Case in point: From time to time my business requires a trip to good ole England. Each time I arrive there, my passport is stamped with "Leave to enter for up to six months. Does not entitle to recourse to public services…." or words to that effect. Why on earth our "Lefties" get so riled up at any proposal to enforce similar rules here is beyond me.

      It is most definitely the right of every US citizen to NOT have to support people he/she does not approve. That includes, especially, illegal immigrants. To maintain otherwise is the equivalent of stating that we legal citizens are to be indentured to any and all who apply, as well as to those who don't even bother to do that. ::: Since when was I born to slavery — in 21st century America, of all places?!

      • Sarah says:

        I clicked on this page while doing some research and thought I would help you with your misguided information. The 1996 PRWORA Welfare reform actually discluded illegal and undocumented immigrants from receiving ANY type of social welfare assistance except for emergency room medical care and schooling for their children. Moreover, almost 2/3rds of illegal immigrants pay into Social Security and won't receive a dime in return unless their can get their status changed. The only way an immigrant can get a "handout" is if they meet specific state requirements for living under the poverty threshold for their household size. Even then, most welfare programs are means-tested, and doesn't necessarily mean that immigrants (if you mean Hispanics) would even qualify for this type of assistance. And finally, despite rising immigration, non-Hispanic Whites actually constitute a larger share of the poor in America by race than any other group. This means, that white citizens are actually receive more welfare "handouts" than any other group of people. I have several books I would be willing to share with you.

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    3. Bobbie says:

      If democrats didn't misguide immigrants they wouldn't know to look to government resources before they respected America's purpose. Freedom from government dependency. You'd think they'd appreciate using their minds on something productive. Like governing their own lives. Making something of themselves without government's influence. But the government got to them before we Americans could. The government took advantage of immigrants vulnerability to their former communist, socialist leaderships of their countries of origin. As long as there's no killing, they (immigrants) don't mind where America's headed! It's because they don't quite believe America would have the tenacity that their leaders did. Guess what? America didn't have socialist or communist tendencies, (in my lifetime until now) either. Democrats especially show a love to see all as needy dependents, if not seen, they will find it because it forces contentions on the rest of America, and a government created reason for more government.

      Poverty is more the result of poor governing beyond ones own control. We as Americans, born here and not, have to live with the least amount of government to live free. Think about it…

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    5. Steve Croft, Groveto says:

      Is there no longer a requirement for those sponsoring immigrants (legal, of course) to ensure they will not become a public burden? i.e., on welfare. Otherwise, the immigrant will be deported. At least, it used to be that way.

    6. Carol,AZ says:

      "States with immigration and the highest rate benefiting from public–funded welfare programs both illegally and with legal status, from "anchor baby" household are: (AZ) 62%.

      Texas, CA, and New York with ( 61%) and Pennsylvanna with (59%) .

      The focused is on eight major welfare programs that cost the Gov't, $517 billion includes: (SSI) for the disabled. (TANF) temporary assistance to needy families, (WIC) food stamps, free lunches, public housing and (Medicaid) free medical. "

      (re: corruption files , judicial watch, and oneoldvet.com. published :AP/ 05/11.

      " The highest rate of welfare recipients come from:

      Dominican Republic (82%) MX and Guatemala (75%) and Ecuador (70%)."

      Frequently quoted throughout America:

      "illegal workers will do the jobs that Americans won't do"
      http://www.youtube.com/user/milked13 (re:ALIPAC)

      Updated recently, how the system works from anywhere in the world to get here;

      the updates are on (top) of site, right / (3) updated clips.

      "view S.E webisodes."

      If you fellow the links there are excellent "shorts" that follow specific people after they entered here illegally.

      The current propsed HC program has included all illegal's living here with a blank check paid for by us.

      That would add 12 million more people that, we think we know about. Certainly all borders know that there're thousands more that are, unaccounted for in these stats.

      Thank you H.F for the article.

      The continued legal impunities forced upon us by our own government has addded to all costs in AZ.

      It has brought our State to it's knees fiscally by adding to the above cost, billions, spent on interdiction , and added legal costs, as our own Federal Government has declared war on AZ.

      All States that have donated to our legal fund and the thousands of donations that have come from household in small amounts, form American citizens and from outside of the USA ,THANK YOU!

      It's hardly over.

    7. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      You would thing the Welfare System was designed to do harm to America. I guess it is already done in every possible way! To my mind that is evidence of a larger Plan, to cause America's Economy to collapse. Like Herm Cain says, Progressives ignore the facts. The most startling one is how Illegal Imigrants harm American Medicine two ways! Free Medical Care AND meyhem!

      Guaranteed pernicious poverty is what the Liberals have produced in every Inner City. It would have been kinder to bomb us!

    8. paul ackerman ,tenan says:

      No surprise really,but I do wonder what sort of information is available on immigration/poverty in some of our neighboring countries such as Canada and Mexico –or even European nations.

      It might be highlighted if the welfare systems in those neighboring countries treat illegal immigrants–or legal immigrants– more harshly than does the USA. We have become the saps of the world it seems.

    9. George Colgrove VA says:


      "Poverty is more the result of poor governing beyond ones own control."

      Excellent way to put it!

    10. fish says:


      I disagree with your comment that, "Poverty is the result of poor governing beyond ones control"

      The poor don't fall short in governing themselves because they have to live within their means as well. They have to make it though each month like you do, they just do it with less money.

      I am extremely poor, but right now there is nothing I can do about it. I have too many medical issues to work at this time. If the governent didn't help me I would be dead. I guess that would save the taxpayers money, but is that really the way we want our society?

      I knew a family that went 6 months with no gas or electricity. I would bring them anything i could including clothes for their son. The parents are both disabled and the mom was a paralegal before she got sick.

      A little compassion for others would be a nice standard to live by. If i recall correctly, that is what Jesus did.

      • d.m.c. says:

        I agree that compassion is what is to be shared here, but we are not talking about people like you. We are pissed off at the many who come here knowing the "government" will give them money every month. Actually it is NOT GOVERNMENT MONEY, it is the PEOPLE'S MONEY, we earned it, and the "government" took a large portion of our earnings and gave it to those who did not earn it. And then some of them have the balls to hate us in return for not giving them more. What about what the Bible says that whosoever will NOT WORK, shall not eat? There has to be some balance here. What makes you think you have a right to some of my earnings? Just because the government has forced this upon me? People like you who would love to work but can't are not who we are disgusted with. We in North America are tired of bearing the burden of those who REFUSE TO WORK because they can make more money in welfare benefits like they do in Canada, a nanny state.

    11. George Colgrove VA says:


      I am sadden by your predicament. But the nation is broke. There is NO CASH to help out every poor person. I do not know what to say about tyour condition. This government was not created to be a basis for charity or doing humanitarian work. It is a cold body dedicated to a single concept – protecting and defending the constitution from all enemies both foreign and domestic. It is a technical body. Not a warm and fuzzy body. Since that body cannot save everyone, it should not save only a few. There are many organizations that can address aid – the kind of aid you are looking for.

      The founders specifically designed the federal government to be a tiny organizaton that had nothing to do with domestic issues – other than making sure the states behaved them selves in commerse and that we had a stable dollar.

      Madison said: "[T]he government of the United States is a definite government, confined to specified objects. It is not like the state governments, whose powers are more general. Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government." in a speech in the House of Representatives, January 10, 1794.

    12. Bobbie says:

      shame on you, fish. I wrote to you before regarding social security. I stand by what I say. Don''t presume to know my families health and financial position. People who make just as much with 5 people (as we have) in their household are on welfare without health issues that we DO have. We have to take out of our retirement we invested our own money in to make ends meet while the government makes sure they get exactly what they want to cover their lifestyles and the lifestyles and government programs of constituents!? is that fair, fish? My husband has to work his knuckles to the bone so he can provide for his family and obligated to support other peoples families, who make just as much?

      Where's your compassion, fish? Why do you stereotype? We don't belong to any culture, so it isn't fair for you to stereotype.

      We have compassion for those truly in need, but democrats made sure to show those of need are not in comparison to what we deal with. Democrats expect more from some and nothing from others to insist more government need that really isn't. Think things through before you spew, fish.

      Poverty is more the result of poor governing beyond ones own control!

      Thank you, George.

    13. Harvard Borko Gunthe says:

      It was obama's plan to do as much damage as possible in the shortest period of time.

      Throw in the nfpa rep's hanging with pelosi and reid shows you how far the demise of the USA has gone.

      BE VIGILANT!!!!!

      Prepare for war.

    14. d.m.c. says:

      You haven't seen WELFARE yet til you live in Canada. Our government gives money away to immigrants by the cart load all the time. They go to school on our tax money, all their housing is paid for, their medical is paid, transportation, translators are paid for, lawyers are paid for. Everything they own they bought with our tax dollars, money that was earned by Canadians. It is called the REDISTRIBUTION OF WEALTH, and quite frankly the west is damned sick and tired of working themselves to death to support immigrants while trying to put their own kids through college.
      It must be some kind of conspiracy, and what kind of conspiracy do you think steals from one man and gives it to another? And just how evil is that conspiracy?

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