Study: 63% of Non-Citizen Households In 2014 Used Welfare

Jan 2014
Great - more fake news from Center for Immigration Studies. Which is par for the course with the OP

he Trump administration is in the process of writing new regulations to guarantee that certain immigrants won’t consume too many welfare or entitlement benefits. The welfare state is certainly a problem, but it’s a home-grown one, not an imported one. Welfare’s benefits are too large and too many people receive them. But the Trump administration should not blame this problem on immigrants. In fact, immigrants use fewer welfare and entitlement benefits in than native-born Americans.

These were the results of a new study we produced for the Cato Institute. We examined data from 2016 on programs for the poor, such as Medicaid and food stamps, and also the entitlement programs of Social Security and Medicare. The latter two are the largest portion of the welfare state and twice as large as all welfare programs for the poorcombined. We found that immigrants use 39 percent fewer welfare and entitlements benefits per person than native-born Americans. Immigrants are less likely to use the individual programs in most cases and, when they do, the benefits they receive tend to be smaller.

Welfare and entitlement programs are generally intended to aid the poor and support the elderly, but only some Americans and immigrants fall into those categories. In another section of my study, we compare poor and elderly immigrants who meet the poverty and age requirements for those programs with native-born Americans who are also eligible. In this section, immigrants consume 27 percent fewer benefits than native-born Americans. One reason why immigrants use fewer benefits is because they are often not eligible for them. Legal immigrants cannot get welfare for their first five years of residency, with few exceptions, mostly at the state level. Illegal immigrants are not eligible for welfare except for rare circumstances like emergency Medicaid.

Don't Blame Immigrants for Bloated Welfare State
Ms. HayJenn,

Don't you mean "Great, more fake news from the US Census Bureau?" Because that is where they got the raw data from.
Oct 2013
Ms. Minotaur,

Do you not mean "you believe it because why would the nativist anti-immigration organization called the US Census Bureau manipulate data?"

LOL, do you now see the danger of using the dishonest "poison the well" fallacious argument?
No. What I am saying is I believe the nativist anti-immigration organization called Center for Immigration Studies manipulated the data. ;)
Jul 2016
Yep, and Dims want to keep 'em rolling in.

According to a study from the Center for Immigration Studies, which analyzed the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), 63% of non-citizen households in 2014 accessed welfare programs. The study states that “of non-citizens in Census Bureau data, roughly half are in the country illegally. Non-citizens also include long-term temporary visitors (e.g. guestworkers and foreign students) and permanent residents who have not naturalized (green card holders).”

In comparison to the 63% of non-citizen households that used at least one welfare program, 35% of native-headed households accessed at least one welfare program. 45% of non-citizen households used food programs; 21% of native households used them. 50% of non-citizen households used Medicaid as opposed to 23% of native households.

The study stated:

Welfare use is significantly higher for non-citizens than for natives in all four top immigrant-receiving states. In California, 72 percent of non-citizen-headed households use one or more welfare programs, compared to 35 percent for native-headed households. In Texas, the figures are 69 percent vs. 35 percent; in New York they are 53 percent vs. 38 percent; and in Florida, 56 percent of non-citizen-headed households use at least welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native households.​

In October, the Trump administration started targeting for deportation immigrants caught cheating on welfare. L. Francis Cissna, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, stated, “What is new is that we are expanding the categories of people who are going to be receiving [notices to appear at deportation hearings] to, most principally, people who applied for a benefit and have no underlying lawful status … Starting today, Oct. 1, USCIS will begin implementing the updated NTA policy. Under the new guidance, USCIS officers will now issue an NTA for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unlawfully present in the country.”

Study: 63% of Non-Citizen Households In 2014 Used Welfare

First, why is this in Current Events, @excalibur? Don't you realize the "study" your anti-immigrant slanted report cites is from 2014? And taken from the 2010 Census?

Anyhow, it's easy to debunk. As it is every two years or so when the CIS has nothing better to do...

But it’s important to keep two bits of context in mind:

• This statistic addresses households headed by an illegal immigrant. However, many of these households include American citizens within the family, often children who were born in the United States and who received citizenship at birth. Indeed, given the web of restrictions on the granting of government benefits to illegal immigrants, most of the "welfare" benefits being counted in the CIS table are going to citizen children, not to adult illegal immigrants.

• We suspect that when many people hear the term "welfare," they think of cash benefits. However, very little cash assistance is going to illegal immigrants. According to CIS, less than 1 percent of illegal-immigrant-headed households included anyone receiving direct government cash assistance, such as Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or state-run cash aid. This is not surprising: Illegal immigrants are generally barred from receiving such payments.

Instead, 27 percent of such households received coverage from Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor, while 33 percent received food assistance, such as free or reduced-price school lunches, food stamps, or benefits from the Women-Infants-Children program (WIC). As noted earlier, many of the recipients of these programs were actually citizen children of illegal immigrants.

On balance, we rated the claim Mostly False.
Jul 2016
If you bucket carriers of hatred don't believe PolitiFact, try the US Chamber of Commerce.

For instance, the Urban Institute concluded that immigrant families are less likely to use the SupplementalNutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (commonly referred to as “food stamps”), than native-born families.While more than two-thirds of children in poor families with U.S.-born parents received SNAP in 2008 and2009, less than half of children in poor families with foreign-born parents received SNAP in the same years.85Similarly, 18 percent of children with native-born parents used TANF, compared to 12 percent of children withimmigrant parents.86 Notably, children in poor families with native parents are more likely to have public healthinsurance coverage than those with immigrant parents.