An analysis shows that 63 percent of non-citizen households are on welfare, according to a Census report from 2014.
This report shows that the number jumps to 70 percent among those who have lived in the U.S. 10 years or more.
The report compiled by the Center for Immigration Studies – Washington D.C. think-tank – states that large benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Women, Infants, and Children Food Program, free and subsidized school lunch and breakfast, food stamps, Medicaid, public housing, and rent subsidies were all part of the compiled study.
Researched found in the analysis that “welfare use is higher for every type of immigrant household than for native households, with the exception of housing programs.” More often, such programs are received on behalf of a child that is born in the U.S.
For native households, 35 percent utilize at least one welfare program.
According to the Washington Examiner, the rise of welfare usage by non-citizens living in the U.S. for 10 years or more supports the notion that once immigrants access the U.S. welfare system “they don’t get off.”
Also for non-citizens populations food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent) compared to U.S. natives.
The report also shows, from data by the Census Bureau, over half of the non-citizen population in the U.S. are here illegally.
The Department of Homeland Security has launched a program to reduce the dependence on welfare programs by non-citizens called “public charge” rule change. The rule looks to make sure those non-citizens are “self-sufficient” or does not depend on public resources for basic needs, but rely on their abilities to seek out other resources such as family members, sponsors, and private organizations.
If the Trump Administration implements the rule, the programs would it expand, but it would difficult for future immigrants to qualify for green cards. This will make finding work difficult if they use the welfare system under the new rule.
DHS stated that if the new rule is enacted, “the total reduction in transfer payments from the federal and state governments would be approximately $2.27 billion annually due to disenrollment for foregone enrollment in the public benefits programs by aliens who may be receiving public benefits.