70% of Texas Illegal Families Receive Welfare

2011 April 16
by bc3b

The nation is $14 trillion in debt, yet Democrats and Republicans alike avoid taking a close look at ways of reducing spending. One of the major drains is welfare costs, which impact the federal, state and local government expenditures and deficits. Studies, like the one sited below, demonstrate that immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants, are much likely to receive welfare.

The “official” number of illegal aliens in the country is approximately 12 million. Unfortunately, this has been the “official” number for the past six to eight years as more and more people keep crossing into the country illegally. The real number is probably closer to 20 to 25 million. The welfare costs are in addition to the cost of education (not just k-12 anymore as more states keep passing their own version of the DREAM Act), emergency room costs , etc.

No realistic attempt is being made to close the border, deport illegals or even eliminate welfare for illegals (except by some states like Arizona, Oklahoma and Georgia).

Thirteen years after Congress overhauled the American welfare system, 57 percent of immigrants with children — those in the country legally or not — use at least one government, welfare program according to a report released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies.

In comparison, 39 percent of native-born Americans with children are signed up for welfare, the report found.

In Texas, 54 percent of legal immigrants and 70 percent of illegal immigrants receive welfare assistance, with illegal immigrants generally receiving benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children, according to the study, written by a think tank that favors reducing immigration into the U.S.

Overall, Texas tied with California and New York for the second highest immigrant welfare rates behind Arizona.

We should note that the study takes an expansive view of what constitutes a government welfare program, so programs such as reduced-price school lunches for low-income students are classified as welfare, according to CIS’ methodology.

Texas showed 61 percent of households headed by an immigrant utilizing at least one program compared to the 42 percent of Texas natives on welfare.

“This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes — not their legal status or an unwillingness to work,” Steve Camorata, Director of Research at CIS, said.

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Hat tip: chron.com

12 Responses leave one →
  1. 2011 April 16 6:28 am
    bc3b permalink

    There are three major problems:
    1. The refusal to seal our borders
    2. The refusal to enforce the law
    3. The lure of welfare. Generations before the 1960s immigrated to the U.S. because they wanted to pursue the American Dream via hard work. Today the “illegal’s dream” is sneaking into the U.S., having an “anchor baby” and living off government assistance. Instead of attracting hard working immigrants, Mexico is unloading its least educated citizens with the lowest potential for success on the United States

  2. 2011 April 16 6:35 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Sadly not a word out of place in the whole post.

  3. 2011 April 16 6:42 am
    justrand permalink

    i agree, drdog…bc3b nails it…and it is so very sad

    our society is intentionally being undermined, so that a New World Order can arise. I wish I was kidding, but that is EXACTLY what many in the Obama Regime are working towards.

  4. 2011 April 16 7:13 am
    bc3b permalink

    In addition to the costs, illegals are damaging the country in a number of other ways. Think how it impacts school children, particularly in the inner cities. How can teachers teach and students learn effectively in an environment where a large percentage of the students cannot speak English.

    Perhaps the biggest losers are blacks and poor whites who want to move up the economic ladder.

  5. 2011 April 16 7:18 am
    conservativetony permalink

    I guess its the leftover 30% who don’t receive welfare we Conservatives should be going after for votes and not worry about the 70% voting for Democrats. That is if we follow -????????s plan for dealing with illegals.

  6. 2011 April 16 8:22 am
    JustMary permalink

    #6 Pretty soon, there will be so many spechul studies here in KA, that there will be no time left to teach archaic things like Math. But if you think about it, who was ever teased for knowing math? If you can’t be teased for it, you shouldn’t be taught it! I suppose we can wave goodbye to science too, since “science boy!” isn’t much of a schoolyard taunt either. These kids need to be reedumacated so that even if they can’t spell, read, “do the maths” (to quote the daughter of actor Will Smith), or what-have-you, they are kind to everyone but white kids. That is the hyphenated-American way.

  7. 2011 April 16 8:26 am
    JustMary permalink

    Did I mention………

    I am SO glad we homeschool!!!!!! Though I swear, I could ship my son off to live with wolves for 3 years, then test him alongside his public school peers upon his return, and he would outscore them by a mile. They would obviously beat him in the “what purse matches what shoes” section of the test, but probably not in any other section.

  8. 2011 April 16 8:28 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I see students getting razzed all the time about their aptitude in math and science. When I have the chance I just pull them aside and say — “Remember the third richest man in the world, Bill Gates, is a nerd.”

  9. 2011 April 16 8:31 am
    JustMary permalink

    Geek history it is then. How about “Daddy issues” month as well. “My mom only buys me payless shoes and it isn’t fair to see my friends wearing Etnies” month?

  10. 2011 April 16 8:36 am
    JustMary permalink

    Nerds= your future bosses.

  11. 2011 April 16 8:41 am
    justrand permalink

    Chinese & Indian nerds = your future bosses

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