When’s the last time you heard someone claim that illegal immigrants come to America to work hard, not claim welfare? It’s interesting that liberals think they know what’s going on in the heads of illegals, but even if it were true, it wouldn’t mean that illegals aren’t a burden on the taxpayer. As we all know, illegals who have children will have children who are American born citizens, and can thus enter the public school system (to a median cost of roughly $11,500 per student, by the way).
But new research shows that even the claim about immigrants having no interest in welfare is a lie, whether they be legal or illegal. To quote from Breitbart:
According to a report released Wednesday from the Center for Immigration Studies, 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.
“If immigration is supposed to benefit the country, then immigrant welfare use should be much lower than native use,” Steven Camarota the CIS’s Director of Research and the report’s author said. “However, two decades after welfare reform tried to curtail immigrant welfare use, immigrant households are using most programs at higher rates than natives.”
This is the part where a liberal chimes in and says “but at least illegals are paying taxes,” since it is true that in many areas, illegals do pay a large portion of a State’s sales tax. But even that claim is false, because illegals don’t tend to pay other taxes:
On average, immigrant-headed households had tax liability in income and payroll taxes in 2012 that was about 11 percent less than native households, or about 89 cents for every dollar native households pay.
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