• Report: More than half of immigrants in US on welfare

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    WASHINGTON: More than half of the United States’ immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that’s far higher than the native-born population, according to a report to be released Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

    About 51 percent of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30 percent for native-led households, according to the report from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for lower levels of immigration.

    Those numbers increase for households with children, with 76 percent of immigrant-led households receiving welfare, compared to 52 percent for the native-born.

    Steven Camarota, director of research at center and author of the report, said that’s a much-needed conversation to make the country’s immigration system more “selective.”

    “This should not be understood as some kind of defect or moral failing on the part of immigrants,” Camarota said about the findings. “Rather, what it represents is a system that allows a lot of less-educated immigrants to settle in the country, who then earn modest wages and are eligible for a very generous welfare system.”

    Linda Chavez agrees with Camarota that the country’s welfare system is too large and too costly. But Chavez, a self-professed conservative who worked in President Reagan’s administration, said it’s irresponsible to say immigrants are taking advantage of the country’s welfare system any more than native-born Americans.

    Chavez said today’s immigrants, like all other immigrant waves in the country’s history, start off poorer and have lower levels of education, making it unfair to compare their welfare use to the long-established native-born population. “When you take all of those issues into account, (the report) is less worrisome,” she said.

    Chavez, president of the Becoming American Institute, a conservative group that advocates for higher levels of legal immigration to reduce illegal immigration, said politicians should be careful about using the data. Rather than focus on the fact that immigrants are initially more dependent on welfare than the U.S.-born, she said they should focus on studies that show what happens to the children of those immigrants.

    “These kids who get subsidized school lunches today will go on to graduate high school … will go on to college and move up to the middle class of America,” Chavez said. “Every time we have a nativist backlash in our history, we forget that we see immigrants change very rapidly in the second generation.”

    The center’s report is based on 2012 data from the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation. It includes immigrants who have become naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, those on short-term visas and undocumented immigrants.

    Camarota said one of the most shocking findings from the report was the high number of native-born Americans also on welfare.

    “Most people have a sense that if you were to work for $10 an hour, 40 hours a week, you couldn’t be receiving welfare, could you? You couldn’t be living in public housing, could you?” he said. “The answer is yes, you can. That’s one of the most surprising things about this study.”

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    1. I really cannot understand how the politicians are not upgrading E-Verify to a Mandatory policy? Has the lobbyists got such solid control over the legislators in Washington, that they cannot get the votes to change it from a optional in the 48 states, as contrasting to the 2 states that hold employers feet to the fire. How come if E-Verify is so overwhelming popular in prior polls, but still employers can just reject it, otherwise at their own discretion use the system? The majority of American and permanent residents already here to must get priority for U.S. jobs over foreign nationals from other countries that are in the U.S. illegally. E-Verify help accomplish that and it’s free online. E-Verify have long been understood as a critical deterrent against illegal immigration.

      There is no doubt in my mind that the Donald Trumps frontier wall, is going to materialize between Mexico and the United States. It might not range from Brownsville, Texas to San Diego, California, but technology will fill in the gaps with state of the art sensors, cameras and may be watchtowers, with the recruitment of more US agents. Whether trying to rescind the Birthright Citizenship amendment, can gain a footing, the cost will be substantial in the courts. But if Americans of a voting age phone, Email their politicians in D.C, and demand MANDATED E-verify for the whole nation.

      It will be a lot harder for people to come here illegally for work if they discern that when they get here there will be an effort to verify whether or not they have employment authorization. And so, if we can create across the country a uniform effort by employers to pursue the law and make sure the people that they hire are here lawfully and have work permission we will greatly reduce the magnet for illegal labor.

      E-Verify is not a theory, but it is a system that can fully work, if made—MANDATORY? The program has existed in different versions for almost two decades, with tens of millions of citizen and non-citizen workers being run through the system every year. E-Verify has self check and available in all 50 states. Anyone can see if their records are up to date and any discrepancies can be resolved through the Social Security Administration should an issue appear? People who have legal status and authorized to work in the United States can check before they apply for a job. The 25-million-plus workers run through E-Verify annually represent nearly half of all new hires.

      It would make commonsense which escapes both political parties, to build fortress America by implementing obligatory E-Verify, so not just the new hires are verified, but every person who are already on the books of every business. Business owners should be warned ahead of time that the punishment is harsh for hiring illegal alien labor. A federal judge could dish out a fixed sentence of 5 years, suspension of the business license and huge fines. Perhaps in the local county newspaper displaying that this company owner had employed illegal workers, instead of a few of the millions of citizens or legal residents who are roaming the streets and filling in job applications.

      There is testimony today about 40 percent visa ‘overstayer’s’ are one of the biggest issue that must be erased. It’s been heard that problem results from visitors who entered legally, except who do not leave when their time is up. Let me tell you in three simple words why that is: they get jobs. More than half of the nation’s immigrants receive some kind of government welfare, a figure that’s far higher than the native-born population’s, according to a report to be released Wednesday.

      About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit, including Medicaid, food stamps, school lunches and housing assistance, compared to 30% for native-led households, according to this weeks report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The 2010 report Fairus report about (mainly taxes) created by the illegal migrants/ immigrants, and then subtracted the cost of taxpayer aid to those unlawful migrants. Overall, the report found illegal migrants cost taxpayers a total of $113 billion a year. The report then accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens [which is] about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion plus.