More than 6 of 10 non-U.S. citizen households get welfare

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A new study by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found that, in spite of “barriers designed to prevent welfare use” by non-citizens, as many as 63% of non-U.S. citizen households in America have received some form of government welfare “often receiving benefits on behalf of U.S.-born children.”

In contrast, only 35% of U.S. citizen households accessed welfare.

Non-citizens include:

  • Illegal aliens, who make up about half of America’s non-citizen population.
  • Permanent residents (green card holders) who have not naturalized.
  • Long-term temporary visitors, e.g. guestworkers and foreign students.

Methodology: For the study, CIS employed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2014 (and newest-available) Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) — a longitudinal (i.e., followed over several years) dataset of nationally representative samples of U.S. households. Welfare use is based on self-reporting, which means there is some misreporting. Given the human propensity to lie in one’s self-interest, that suggests the actual percentage of non-citizen households on welfare is likely higher than 63%.

Here are the findings:

  1. In 2014, 63% of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35% of native-headed households.
  2. The percentages of non-citizen vs. citizen households on welfare for the top four states are:
    • California: 72% vs. 35%.
    • Texas: 69% vs. 35%.
    • New York: 53% vs. 38%.
    • Florida: 56% vs. 35%.
  3. No single program explains non-citizens’ higher overall welfare use:
    • Food programs: 45% of non-citizen households vs. 21% of citizen households.
    • Medicard: 50% of non-citizen households vs. 23% of citizen households.
    • Cash welfare, including Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): 31% of non-citizen households vs. 19% of citizen households. EITC is a means-tested welfare program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax.
  4. Welfare-use is higher for every type of non-citizen households (illegals, permanent residents, long-term visitors), except in the case of housing programs.
  5. The longer the non-citizens are in the U.S., the more they are on welfare: Whereas 50% of non-citizen households in the United States for fewer than 10 years use one or more welfare programs, 70% of those who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 years on are welfare.
  6. Low education is the reason for non-citizens being on welfare:
    • Although 93% of non-citizen households receiving welfare have at least one worker, they often earn low wages (because of their low education) and, therefore, qualify for welfare at higher rates than citizens.
    • 58% of all non-citizen households are headed by individuals with no more than a high school education, compared to 36% of citizen households.

Why non-citizens get welfare:

  1. Most legal immigrants have been in the country long enough to qualify.
  2. The barrier preventing non-citizens from receiving welfare does not apply to all programs, nor does it always apply to non-citizen children.
  3. Some states provide welfare to new immigrants on their own.
  4. Most importantly, non-citizens (including illegal immigrants) can receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children who are awarded U.S. citizenship and full welfare eligibility at birth.

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13 responses to “More than 6 of 10 non-U.S. citizen households get welfare

  1. They only come here to work and get the free benefits. Okay, maybe just get the free benefits.

    • I knew of a non-US citizen whose child was born here. He received Section 8 housing. He refused to work more hours so he can still qualify for free stuff. He also complained when he couldn’t get upgraded to a bigger/nicer Section 8 apartments.

      • DCG, You knew one, I know sooooo many, they have jobs on the side, they get paid cash, get Soc.Secy and NEVER WORK, hell, I’d take up so much space enumerating their ”freebies” and Me? I had to worked and still pay taxes to keep those bumbs living off of us. The government doesn’t care where my hard earned money goes.

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  3. Now we can add this lady and her kids to the list. Remember her from the caravan? Now we all get to pay for her…This shit pisses me off to no end..

  4. When the Democrats are in power the leftist agenda with stuff like this is enacted as a matter of course. When the Republicans are in power and controlling the Senate, House, and Presidency we get the Dem budget filled with this stuff enacted as a matter of course. When it’s all over and our border a joke, Christianity denounced, 23% real unemployment among native-born Americans (which shadowstats demonstrates is the case today), LGBTism crammed down our throats as the highest moral good, infanticide, euthanasia, national bankruptcy, ad nauseam—let’s be sure we realize it’s already come to pass and could only have done so because the Republicans were always just a rear guard for the Dems and the rotten one-party cabal quite literally the bought-and-paid-for flunkies of the same crowd. The Dems do what they do openly yet they haven’t betrayed us. That’s the Republicans’ job, which they do well enough, where tou’ll find them on their knees behind closed doors, and where, if they have any use for our flag, it’s using it to wipe off their chins.

  5. And here I am, someone who was born in New York State, who had a major problem not of my own making, who has applied for welfare, and I was told that—1) I will get help, but, 2) I will have to wait at least 45 days to get emergency cash and food stamps. I can understand that women with children will receive priority and some things cannot be done immediately, but 45 DAYS?!?!
    On the plus side, I have been able to get up to date with my rent, but this is only because I am driving again. But this is not certain—1) my next court date, Jan. 30, is 54 days away, and, 2) although I am confident I will win, that is not certain. Even if these things work out, the car I bought last year may be repossessed.

    So when Donald Trump says, “From now on it’s going to be ‘America First’,” I don’t expect him to address my situation personally, but I would expect that these illegal aliens be caught and deported. But thanks to political correctness, we’re not supposed to say that. But I will say it. Furthermore, in a perfect world, the woman who filed these false charges against me should be made to pay for my welfare. (Dec. 16th cannot happen soon enough).

  6. “The key to sparking this rebellion would be to expose the inadequacy of the welfare state. Cloward-Piven’s early promoters cited radical organizer Saul Alinsky as their inspiration. “Make the enemy live up to their (sic) own book of rules,” Alinsky wrote in his 1971 book Rules for Radicals. When pressed to honor every word of every law and statute, every Judaeo-Christian moral tenet, and every implicit promise of the liberal social contract, human agencies inevitably fall short. The system’s failure to “live up” to its rule book can then be used to discredit it altogether, and to replace the capitalist “rule book” with a socialist one.
    The authors noted that the number of Americans subsisting on welfare — about 8 million, at the time — probably represented less than half the number who were technically eligible for full benefits. They proposed a “massive drive to recruit the poor onto the welfare rolls.” Cloward and Piven calculated that persuading even a fraction of potential welfare recipients to demand their entitlements would bankrupt the system. The result, they predicted, would be “a profound financial and political crisis” that would unleash “powerful forces … for major economic reform at the national level.”

    Cloward-Piven Strategy (CPS)

  7. The safety net is intended for American citizens – not foreign invaders.

  8. The sooner they secede the better. Look at this. Look who’s sponsoring it. Guess who’s gonna pay?

    They’ve been jumping over the wall to drop their babies here so they can claim citizenship (which isn’t legal). They’ve been throwing their kids over.

    The “news” writes sympathetic articles about them and says that Trump’s a Green Meany because he won’t just let them through. They talk as if they have a right to just be here anytime they like. They don’t even worry about spreading disease.

    The Demonrats votes count on this. They need to clamp this down…..HARD! Note that when they really don’t think they’ll get in, they head home. They don’t want to be in Mexico where they’ll give them work.

  9. The 72% of non-citizen welfare-recipient number for California is almost the exact percentage of Hispanic students to comprise the school population where I work (we are about 72 to 75%) , AND, b/c I’ve written federal grants for programs at the school, I have to know and include the percentage of the school population that receives free breakfast and lunch through the Feds……exact same percentage. So, this seems to informally cooberate the statement in this post that families with US-born kids receive welfare and other entitlements: which in CA is 72% of the Hispanic non-citizen households. We can’t help but notice, too, where we work, that this popultion nearly all have the latest cell-phones, clothing fads, haircuts, popular “stuff”…..year-long family passes to Disneyland, on and on…..most/many drive a later model car than I do….in fact, I have an old flip phone and we drive 3 cars that are all over a decade old, one is 16 model years old….and the one I drive most to work is 14 years old. There is a significant amount of dissonance that I feel almost daily when working with this population. Add to all this, we just got—for the second year—a notice from the State of CA that they audited our return and they say we owe them more money. One year it was over $4,000 and this year, $2,000. We disagree, mainly b/c we use a computer program that only figures using the info we feed it, and there are never any “red flags” or even “yellow flags,” and the Federal return, which has always been “OK” just “migrates” over into the State program. We chalk it up to CA being bankrupt with all these entitlement programs (even if the Feds already bear the brunt of the expenses—-passed ON TO THEM by CA. political decisions/actions) and having lost so many working /tax-paying (and retirees who took their pensions and “scrammed”) adults to other States over the last decade, they continually go back and “cull” old returns to squeeze out anything they can get. Actually, it’s a pretty good strategy if you are in Sacramento these days, b/c there’s just nowhere else to raise money when you are a sanctuary state where, some time ago, the non-working entitlement population surpassed the working/tax-payers ( about 48% of us now are supporting the other 52% here…and that’s OLD data).

    • I was SO GLAD TO LEAVE California. It took about six years to get rid of their State Franchise Board (Calif. State Taxes) trying to extract money from me even though I no longer lived there. Every time they made an attempt they filed liens. It took attorney fees and many years to get them cleared.

      I guess you’re just paying for your “white privilege”. It’s the price of being born an Angus instead of a Holstein. One plays while the other pays.


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