According to a report released this week by the Center for Immigration Studies, immigrant-headed households in the U.S. use entitlement programs at a much higher rate than their native-born counterparts. Apparently this holds true for both new and long-time immigrant residents.
The CIS report claims that 51 percent of immigrant-headed households (both legal and illegal) reported using at least one welfare program during the year in 2012. Thirty-percent of native-headed households meanwhile used at least one welfare program.
When applied to immigrant-led households with children, 76% of these received some type of welfare benefit, compared to 52% for the native-born.
“This should not be understood as some kind of defect or moral failing on the part of immigrants,” Steven Camarota, the director of research for CIS said. “Rather, what it represents is a system that allows a lot of less-educated immigrants to settle in the country, who then earn modest wages and are eligible for a very generous welfare system.”
INN believes this suggests that
- not only do we have too many native-born Americans on public assistance due to our government’s destructive economic policies,
- the economy is being further dragged down by the millions of “less-educated” parasites and losers that have been allowed to emigrate, whether legally or otherwise.
“The low-skill level of many immigrants means that although most work, many also access welfare programs,” Camarota said. “If we continue to allow large numbers of less-educated immigrants to settle in the country, then immigrant welfare use will remain high.”