So, today, we see this …
A comprehensive study of U.S. Census Bureau reports of welfare participation revealed Wednesday that 51 percent of immigrants — legal and illegal — access welfare programs, far more than the 30 percent of native-born Americans.
The Center for Immigration Studies analysis of the Census Survey of Income and Program Participation found “significantly higher rates” of immigrants on government programs than other government surveys, showing that Washington has done little to curb access to Medicaid, cash, food, and housing programs.
“If immigration is supposed to benefit the country, then immigrant welfare use should be much lower than native use,” said Steven Camarota the Center’s director of research and the report’s author. …..
Now there are several aspects to this and different perspectives to take on this, but, before that, a few highlights …
“However, two decades after welfare reform tried to curtail immigrant welfare use, immigrant households are using most programs at higher rates than natives. The low-skill level of many immigrants means that although most work, many also access welfare programs. If we continue to allow large numbers of less-educated immigrants to settle in the country, then immigrant welfare use will remain high,” he added in a statement provided to Secrets. …..
The 53-page report indicates that most of the households surveyed are headed by a legal immigrant. …
It found that Medicaid is the top program accessed by immigrants. But, CIS found, even “if that program is excluded it is still the case that 44 percent of immigrant households use one or more welfare programs compared to 26 percent of native households — a 19 percentage-point difference.” …..
— Welfare use varies among immigrant groups. Households headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico (73 percent), the Caribbean (51 percent), and Africa (48 percent) have the highest overall welfare use. Those from East Asia (32 percent), Europe (26 percent), and South Asia (17 percent) have the lowest……
I would encourage readers to read the entire article.
One aspect not noted in the article, but, something near and dear to my heart is the notion of GDP as a euphemism for how well our economy is doing.
Government spending is a major factor in how we calculate our GDP. What would our GDP look like if we eliminated the import of increased government spending? …… Which is a net negative in a real economic view.
The noting that most of those surveyed are legal is a bit misleading. Illegals wouldn’t be easy to survey. But, then, this begs the question as to why our nation is inviting people who must become wards of the state when they get here? There are suppose to be laws in-place to prevent such a thing!
The expanding cost of Medicaid was one of the reasons Obamacare was pushed through. All they had to do to thwart the expanding cost of Medicaid was to quit inviting people who would advantage our generosity.
In essence, what is happening is that the American worker/taxpayer is being asked to subsidize low-wage workers, all the while, the low-wage workers suppress our wages.
For those pinheads who believe we should have unfettered borders, because …. free markets! How is this a free market system, when I am forced to subsidize and encourage an economic competitor? IT IS NOT A FREE MARKET SYSTEM!!! IT NEVER WAS!!!! Nor, can it ever be. A truly free market system is an idealized state which never was, and never will be reality. You may as well call it Utopian, or better, Orwellian. It is the flip side of the same coin, but, it is the same coin and leads us to the same place. I’ve my own interests and will act to protect my own interests, as a society has its own interests and should act to protect it. It is not in my interests to not-so-freely compete with people of another society so ineffective as that they would rather come here than be able to effect positive change in their homeland. It is not in the interests of our nation, our people, our society.
If you wish for a textbook example as how to destroy an upwardly mobile middle-class and to keep impoverished people poor, this is how you do it.