TAKE A WILD GUESS: The Percentage of Legal & Illegal Immigrants On Welfare

Published on September 11, 2015

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The helping hand offered by social welfare programs is being utilized by most legal and illegal immigrant families, the latest sign that many immigrants come to America for the taxpayer-funded benefits like Medicaid, subsidized food and cash, according to a new report based on Census data.

In analyzing new Census reports, the Center for Immigration Studiesfound that immigrant families with one or more children use welfare far more than “native” American families.

“Welfare use by illegal immigrant households is certainly a concern, but the bigger issue is welfare use by legal immigrants,” said Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and author of the report.


–Legal immigrant households account for three-quarters of all immigrant households accessing one or more welfare programs.

— Of legal immigrant households with children, 72 percent access one or more welfare programs, compared to 52 percent of native households.

— Of households headed by immigrants in the country illegally, we estimate that 62 percent used one or more welfare programs in 2012, compared to 30 percent of native households.

Read more: Washington Examiner

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