I Thought ‘Non-Citizens’ Can Not Receive Welfare; Think Again
Americans have a big heart and many of us do donate to charity. The question has always been should “non-citizens” both legal and illegal receive taxpayer funded welfare.
We are told that “non-citizens” cannot receive taxpayer funded welfare, well those who told you that are incorrect.
According to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), 63% of non-citizen Households receive taxpayer funded welfare compared to 35% of native households.
In their new analysis of the latest numbers, CIS found that in 2014, the latest data available, 63% of non-citizens are using a welfare program. It gets even worse as they stay in America longer, for those that are here 10 years or more the number grows to 70%. What does this tell us, well it confirms peoples concern that once immigrants, like many Americans, start receiving taxpayer funded welfare, they don’t or cannot get off it.
The report states that there are 4,684,784 million non-citizen households receiving welfare and of those 4,684,784 million non-citizen households nearly all, 4,370,385, have at least one worker in the house.
In their report CIS states:
The Trump administration has proposed new ‘public charge’ rules making it harder for prospective immigrants to qualify for lawful permanent residence -- green cards -- if they use or are likely to use U.S. welfare programs…Concern over immigrant welfare use is justified, as households headed by non-citizens use means-tested welfare at high rates. Non-citizens in the data include illegal immigrants, long-term temporary visitors like guest workers, and permanent residents who have not naturalized. While barriers to welfare use exist for these groups, it has not prevented them from making extensive use of the welfare system, often receiving benefits on behalf of U.S.-born children
What should be concerning to American taxpayers is what all that taxpayer funded welfare could be spent on here in America. Think of all programs those funds could be spent on such as infrastructure, better schools in our inner-cities, healthcare and how about better border security.
How do these “non-citizens” receive these welfare programs, well according to the report:
While most new legal immigrants (green card holders) are barred from most welfare programs, as are illegal immigrants and temporary visitors, these provisions have only a modest impact on non-citizen household use rates because:
1) most legal immigrants have been in the country long enough to qualify
2) the bar 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) 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.
We need more leaders like President Trump who are willing to say the obvious and that is America first. We cannot take care of the world when ignoring our needs here in the United States and/or by continuing to run up our debt by providing for people with taxpayer funds that are not United States citizens.
Is it so wrong to take care of your family first before providing for others? This is not a compassion question it is a numbers question and problem.
The question you should ask yourself is why do so many political leaders and pundits in the United States seem to be more worried about legal immigrants and illegal aliens more than your families. They will say they do not but every taxpayer dollar given to a non-American is a dollar not helping Americans.
Those who want to help legal immigrants and illegal aliens here in the United States can still do so by contributing to private charities that help them.