Study shows immigrants use 40% more welfare than native-born

A report from the Centers for Immigration Studies shows that immigrants tap into our welfare system far more than native-born Americans.

Daily Caller:

The average immigrant household draws more than $6,000 from the welfare system in a year, costing U.S. taxpayers 41 percent more than people born in the country, a new study finds.

Immigrants with low education levels and higher numbers of children tend to use up the most benefits, according to the analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which found immigrant families consume $6,234 a year on average. The benefits come in the form of cash payments, food, Medicaid and housing.

Illegal immigrant households are included in the figure, since some can access the system through their U.S.-born children. Although illegal immigrants are barred from accessing welfare payments, CIS determined the households still cost the system more than $5,600 in a year on average.

The study follows CIS reports last year that 51 percent of households led by immigrants use at least one welfare program, and legal immigrants account for 75 percent of all immigrant welfare use. Many immigrants hold jobs, but still qualify for welfare because they tend to make less money and have more children.

“If we continue to permit large numbers of less-educated people to move here from abroad, we have to accept that there will be huge and ongoing costs to taxpayers,” CIS executive director Mark Krikorian said in a statement announcing the study.

More than 24 percent of immigrant households are led by a high school dropout, compared to 8 percent of households led by individuals born in the country. Thirteen percent of immigrant-led households have three or more children, compared to just 6 percent of U.S.-born households.

If we lived in a country with an intelligent, logical, and reasonable immigration policy, this simply wouldn't happen.  An immigrant would have to demonstrate that he has job skills so that he could support himself.  It would follow that these newcomers would have the education that would allow them to aquire the job skills to make them useful members of society.

Instead, we are admitting millions of nearly illiterate peasants from Central America and Mexico who will be dependent on the taxpayer until their children are grown.  This makes a mockery of America being a land of opportunity when poverty, ignorance, and dependence prevent recent immigrants from moving ahead and becoming self-sufficient.