Census: 63% of Non-Citizens on Welfare

2018 December 3
by bc3b

The left and pro-immigration Republicans (like Paul Ryan) love to tout how immigrants are a financial boon to the United States. There was a time when this was true – about 75 years ago.

Today, the picture is different for a number of reasons:

  • A majority of immigrants are coming from low-IQ countries, are unskilled and poorly educated
  • Immigrants wanted to become Americans. They still enjoyed Italian food and celebrated St. Joseph’s Day but they assimilated. Today many, perhaps most, immigrants consider themselves citizens of wherever they came from. They are here for the freebies. The percentage of immigrants on welfare actually increases the longer they are here.
  • We have become a welfare state. When Terry McDermott came to the US in 1890, his local parish might have helped him financially for a short period. Then Father O’Malley would tell Terry, “The gravy train is over. Time to find a job.” Today the gravy train never stops running for citizens and non-citizens alike.

The recent census spells it out:

In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.

In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.



The Center for Immigration Studies said in its report that the numbers give support for Trump’s plan to cut non-citizens off welfare from the “public charge” if they want a green card that allows them to legally work in the United 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,” said CIS.

“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,” added the Washington-based immigration think tank.

The numbers are huge. The report said that there are 4,684,784 million non-citizen households receiving welfare.

And nearly all, 4,370,385, have at least one worker in the house..

In their report, Steven A. Camarota, the director of research, and Karen Zeigler, a demographer at the Center, said that in census data, about half of those are in the United States illegally.

Their key findings in the analysis:

  • In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households.
  • Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit are not counted as welfare. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax. Like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested, anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it.
  • Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).
  • Including the EITC, 31 percent of non-citizen-headed households receive cash welfare, compared to 19 percent of native households. If the EITC is not included, then cash receipt by non-citizen households is slightly lower than natives (6 percent vs. 8 percent).
  • 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; and, most importantly, 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.

Hat tip: Washington Examiner.

34 Responses leave one →
  1. 2018 December 3 10:12 pm
    justrand permalink

    Therefore, it PAYS to be a non-citizen

    Here endeth the lesson

  2. 2018 December 4 7:33 am
    justrand permalink

    I notice that “fans” of something called the “NFL”(?!?) are “clamoring” for Colin Kapernick to be signed by the Redskins.

    hmmm….so just to check it out I opened a bunch of articles about this. This is an ORCHESTRATED effort by the Left…it is NOT a “grassroots” request.

    ESPN, Sports Illustrated, the NYTimes, and other Leftist outlets are all “coincidentally” using the exact same language to “clamor” for this.

    utter horseshit

  3. 2018 December 4 10:41 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Therefore, it PAYS to be a non-citizen”

    Close, but it actually goes like this …

    “Therefore, it PAYS to be the employer of a non-citizen”

    This is the epitome of ‘private profits, public expenses’. Tyson Foods. They hire illegals. They save $$$$ on the hire. The consumer saves $ on the packaged chicken but then has to pay $$$ in taxes as the Tyson employees are all public charges on the system for school, food, housing, medical & fraud.

  4. 2018 December 4 10:51 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Fact I am surprised that firms like Tyson don’t offer medical clinics at their plants. Doing so would close the loop on raping the taxpayer. They could cash in on the medIcare/caid fraud just taking their appropriate cut of the action using their employees.

  5. 2018 December 4 11:00 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “With his popularity rating at record lows (recent polls put it at around 26%, on par with Hollande), his capital city burning and the populists he defeated during his stunning electoral victory last year making serious electoral inroads, French President Emmanuel Macron finally caved, and on Tuesday ordered a six month suspension of planned ‘fuel taxes’ which spurred widespread and destructive protests across France over the past three weeks.”
    — ZeroHedge

    Macron blinks. Globalists and Social Democrats alike should take note. The Kerfuffle in Paris was but a pip of several thousand people in the streets raising hell. Imagine a nation that would face a couple million with a significant portion armed.

    Considered what just happened me thinks that France will be a signatory to the Paris environmental pact in ink only.

  6. 2018 December 4 11:20 am

    We need to send them some black & decker guillotines.

  7. 2018 December 4 11:49 am
    TLS permalink

    Maybe the yellow jackets will inspire the people of the UK after the full legal advice for May’s deal now has to be made public and will expose her lies about her Brexit plan:


    “He said: “I think that the Attorney General’s advice will show just how extensively the backstop arrangement will apply European law to the United Kingdom as a whole and Northern Ireland specficially.

    “The advice will show how easy or how hard it will be to get out of the backstop and especially how hard it will be for Northern Ireland. It will also explain what the implications of being in the backstop will be. All of those things are important when it comes to making a judgement on whether this is a good deal or a bad deal.

    “The Prime Minister did make a promise to us, this is one of the reasons why we are so angry with this agreement. The Prime Minister has been untrustworthy in all of this.”

  8. 2018 December 4 1:02 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    The solution is pretty obvious here: end all forms of welfare

    By ending welfare I mean all of it: government schools, food stamps, medicare/medicade, Obamacare, socialist insecurity, section 8 housing, cash payments, etc

    No exceptions…..the only legitimate purpose of government is to protect our lives, liberty and property……so this means physical security only

    However, I think my plan will be equally as unpopular with socialists and so-called “conservatives” who seem to support lots of welfare these days

  9. 2018 December 4 1:16 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  10. 2018 December 4 1:20 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    I favor the proposal, just not the label. Lets call it what it is, Restrained Anarchy. Most of those that are in the DC bubble who call themselves ‘conservative’ aren’t as you opine. They would however consider the proposal Anarchy. So be it. Wear it with pride.

  11. 2018 December 4 1:33 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Q post —

    FOX Executives Pull Clinton Foundation Whistleblower; Focus on GHWB Death Instead
    3 Dec 2018 – 8:12:29 PM
    FOX execs pulled (3) scheduled guests.
    Focus: 41

    Anybody here watch FOX anymore, I don’t. If the above is true then FOX as a news org truly is dead. Evidently Hannity was to leak something and it was scratched? Anyone confirm??

  12. 2018 December 4 4:24 pm
    bc3b permalink

    drdog #12 –

    I don’t even watch Tucker Carlson ant more.

  13. 2018 December 4 4:39 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Should you be dining in Africa you might want to be very particular what you order off the menu — https://nypost.com/2017/08/22/ hundreds-confess-to-eating- human-flesh-in-south-africa/

  14. 2018 December 4 7:21 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    I subscribed to the Weakly Substandard at one time, sigh.

    Travis Allen was the alternate Repub candidate fo Gov here in CA. He basically was asked to step aside for the RINO candidate who never came close. Travis is still trying to rally CA Repubs though. Here’s the start of his op ed fromtiday.

    The 2018 midterm elections were a disaster for California Republicans. The Republican candidate for Governor lost in the worst election result in 40 years and half of our Republican Congressional delegation was wiped out in the worst relative loss since 1883.

    California’s State Legislative Republicans weren’t spared from the carnage either. Already in the super-minority, California’s Assembly Republicans lost 5 more seats, dropping to 20 out of 80. The Senate got clotheslined too, losing 3 seats to now hold only 11 of 40 and joining the Assembly in super-minority status.

    It’s difficult to overstate the consequences of the foolish choices made by the California Republican establishment and their overpaid consultants. Californians are now left at the mercy of the California Democrats, whose failed policies have already led to an explosion of poverty and homelessness, failing education, increased taxes and rising crime, not to mention the skyrocketing drug use now openly on display in all of our streets, communities, and cities.

    But these mistakes aren’t new, they are simply the compound effect of 20 years of Republican leadership coasting to declining relevance through watered down fiscal conservative messages and token voter outreach. Since 1994, California Republicans have lost or simply held state legislative seats in almost every election. While Republican talking heads fretted about Donald Trump and his strong border policies, the California Democrats were industriously scheming to take over California, starting with driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants, automatic “motor voter” registration, same day registration, ballot harvesting, and outright fraud at the Democrat controlled Department of Motor Vehicles.

    There’s more.

  15. 2018 December 4 8:20 pm
    bc3b permalink

    NorCalJim –

    To show how things have change, the Republican candidate won California every election from 1948 to 1988, except 1964.

  16. 2018 December 4 10:37 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

    A little bit of fun.
    Short YouTube video of a “liberal hag” “berating a Trump supporter” on an airplane then being tossed off the plane to the cheers of the passengers.

  17. 2018 December 4 11:19 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink


    “The oppressed and enslaved masses are getting upset at the political masters and it needs to be stated as such.

    “We are here to protest against the government because of the rise in taxes [in general], not just petrol taxes, which is the straw that broke the camel’s back. We’ve had enough. We have low salaries and pay too much tax and the combination is creating more and more poverty.” said protestor Idir Ghanes, according to the Guardian. “On the other side, there are government ministers and the president with their fabulous salaries.” All those fabulous salaries are funded by stealing the money from those who actually work.

    “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe”

  18. 2018 December 5 7:14 am
    justrand permalink

    Jim, I could watch that video in #18 in a loop! 🙂

    notice how her story changes from her husband’s “mother is dying” to “my husband lost his mother”, to “my husband’s mother is DEAD!”

    and notice how “masculine” her “husband” is? He actually appears to be physically a “man”…but if there ever was any ACTUAL manhood in that hamster, his Liberal Bitch long since beat it out of him.

    last add…right at the end you can hear a woman’s voice say to the guy now gets a row to himself: “You’re buying drinks”

    comedy GOLD!!!

  19. 2018 December 5 7:17 am
    justrand permalink

    WEC, I only wish the few remaining good people of Kalifornia would revolt. But instead they “vote” Sacramento more and more money and POWER with each election.

    Kalifornia is fast becoming a Two-Caste State: the Rich/Powerful and the Poor/Illegals. The Middle Class is being driven out.

  20. 2018 December 5 7:18 am
    drdog09 permalink


    That view includes every thought a Prog has. Attack the other. Then invoke victimhood. Finally stand defiantly waiting for the authorities to fold.

  21. 2018 December 5 8:26 am
    justrand permalink

    Speaking of Illegal Immigration…


    The article claims the 9th “fully beclowns itself“. Dude, that ship sailed lonnnng ago!

    The “opinion” by the 9th Circuit claims that INCITING ILLEGAL ACTIVITY is “protected speech” under the 1st Amendment. This needs to be smacked down by the Supreme Court immediately.

  22. 2018 December 5 9:09 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    “That view includes every thought a Prog has. Attack the other. Then invoke victimhood. Finally stand defiantly waiting for the authorities to fold.”

    Yeah, I kept waiting for her to verbally attack the black flight attendant for oppressing her, LOL

  23. 2018 December 5 9:56 am
    bc3b permalink

    Justrand –

    Kalifornia is fast becoming a Two-Caste State: the Rich/Powerful and the Poor/Illegals. The Middle Class is being driven out.

    That’s how socialism always works – the elites and the peasant class. The middle class question the elites so they must be eliminated. That’s what the EU is working toward in Europe too. Maybe Kalifornia should join the EU.

  24. 2018 December 5 11:12 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    “Maybe Kalifornia should join the EU.”

    Though, due to geography and ideology, they may choose China instead.
    China has high speed trains

  25. 2018 December 5 11:19 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    CA high speed rail staggers on, spending like a drunk sailor
    IL has gotten all the press lately but CA shows it can take on anyone.

    The CHSRA has also wasted large sums of money through poor management. Tillier has detailed how the Authority plans to spend billions to outfit Bay Area stations with unnecessary tunnels and viaducts, rather than making elementary improvements to operations. A state audit has shown that the CHSRA knowingly incurred massive additional cost risks by starting construction prematurely; desperate to show progress and to meet a deadline for federal funds, the CHSRA began construction in the Central Valley without buying all the land it needed, or even completing negotiations with the freight railroads whose rights-of-way it planned to use. The state auditor also criticized the CHSRA for hiring expensive consultants, over the objections of its former CEO, to do routine budgeting work.

    Some of the worst revelations in the state auditor’s report concern basic failures of contract management. The CHSRA paid contractors without inspecting their work, and contract managers’ review of the quality and cost of finished products was often so shoddy that the auditor could not even conclude whether the CHSRA’s spending was justified. In one especially egregious case, in 2017, the CHSRA hired an external consultant to check the work of Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP USA), which had been paid $666 million for engineering consulting. The external consultant found that the CHSRA had not received finished work for 145 of 184 tasks that Parsons Brinckerhoff had called “complete.”

    It seems clear that the CHSRA is too incompetent to manage a project of California HSR’s complexity.

    Meanwhile, the state’s existing water and road infrastructure is a shambles, and Sacramento still has no plan for dealing with a trillion-dollar underfunded pension crisis.

  26. 2018 December 5 12:57 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Black Privilege? Maryland just hired Mike Locksley, Alabama’s offensive coordinator, as its new head football coach.

    Locksley has had two previous head coaching stints – as interim coach at Maryland about 10 years ago and at New Mexico for 2-1/2 seasons. His combined record is 3-31, meaning he has won just under 9 percent of the college games he has coached.

    During his previous time at Maryland, they weren’t in the Big Ten. Now he can have Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State slap him around and discover what real whippings feel like.

  27. 2018 December 5 1:02 pm
    bc3b permalink


    Kalifornia and ILL-in-Noise – locked in a race to the bottom, vying for the worst of the worst.

  28. 2018 December 5 1:28 pm
    fight on permalink

    I love it Kapenack gets passed over by the Redskins for a guy who threw his last NFL pass in 2011.


  29. 2018 December 5 3:53 pm
    justrand permalink

    smart move by the Washington Native Americans! 🙂

    Kaepernick comes with more baggage than Samsonite!

  30. 2018 December 5 5:29 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    From Martin Armstrong.


    It will only get much worse over the next two years and by the time we get to 2020, it is not going to look very civil out there. We have crossed the line. Violence and hate speech is not the norm. There is no tolerance for people to accept an opposing view.

    U.S. Supreme Court decided on March 6th, 1857 (1857.178), ruled (7–2) that a slave (Dred Scott) who had resided in a free state and territory (where slavery was prohibited) was not thereby entitled to his freedom because African Americans were not and could never be citizens of the United States. It is interesting that 8.6 years from that decision (1865,353) was nearly the surrender of the final Confederate ship to the British, Shenandoah, on November 6th, 1865.

    If we look at the timing from Dred Scott decision, the war began when the Confederates bombarded Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina on April 12, 1861, which was 4.1 years or almost the half-cycle point of 4.3 years. The war ended officially in the Spring of 1865. Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9th, 1865. However, it was the Shenandoah surrender on November 6th, 1865 that marked the final military activity.

    Therefore, if we look at that timing, it would appear that 4.3 years from Trump swearing in on January 20th, 2017 brings us to 2021.354. If we throw in all the economic problems we see coming with pensions and a monetary crisis on top of all of that, I would not count on 2020 being a normal presidential election. It may be the most violent event in American political history.
    If any of you are familiar with the “4th Turning”, it seems like the next few years are going to be interesting, if not very volatile.

  31. 2018 December 5 5:43 pm
    JimNorCal permalink

  32. 2018 December 6 8:20 am

    12/13 I don’t either, but it sounds very much like a FNC thing to do. Which is just one of a dozens reasons why I basically don’t watch anymore. Goes for FBN property as well. I will still occasionally hit dobbs like once a week I find more and more that’s just as much a waste of time.

    I’ve avoided everyone the last week with all the faux tributes to HW… I mean RIP sir, but watching the press re-write lots of history, especially their own is just too sickening to watch.

    23 – Needs to be, but be-careful what you wish for, particularly since Roberts just be-clowned himself yet again – same jackass that people forget overseas the FISA courts.

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