New Study Shows that Over Half of Migrants Are on the Public Dole

The most zealous proponents of mass migration always try to reassure us that immigrants are overwhelmingly productive people and that they do the work most Americans won’t do. However, the cold-hard facts don’t really bear that out.

According to John Binder of Breitbart News, “More than half of the nation’s non-citizen population — including legal immigrants, foreign visa workers, and illegal aliens — use American taxpayer-funded welfare after arriving in the United States, a new analysis reveals.”

Binder is basing his assertion from recent findings that Center for Immigration Studies Director of Research, Steven Camarota, was able to uncover. Camarota found that 55% of non-citizen households in America are on at least one form of welfare program. By contrast, 32% of households headed by native-born Americans use at least one welfare program. 

Camarota’s findings are based on his analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation data from 2018. This US Census Bureau data showed that 49% of households with foreign-born residents heading them, which also includes naturalized American citizens, are on at least one welfare program.

Back in 2017, economist George Borjas described the U.S. immigration system as “the largest anti-poverty program in the world” that works against the interests of America’s working and middle class.

When it comes to Medicaid and food stamp usage, foreign-born residents are far more dependent on these programs than native-born Americans. Take for example, Medicaid usage, which 33% of foreign-born residents depend on. Only 20% of native-born Americans use Medicaid.

In a similar vein, 31% of foreign-born residents are on food stamps and only 19% of native-born Americans use food stamps. 

One of Camarota’s most shocking findings is how even migrants who have lived in the US for years still continue to rely heavily on public assistance. Binder summarized Camarota’s findings:

About 44 percent of foreign-born residents who resided in the U.S. for 10 years or less use at least one form of welfare. Roughly 50 percent of those who resided in the U.S. for more than 10 years are on welfare.

When naturalized Americans are excluded from that count, the level of welfare use rises significantly for those who have resided in the U.S. for a while. For example, among non-citizen households who resided in the U.S. for 10 years or less, 40 percent use welfare. For those in the U.S. for more than 10 years, about 62 percent are on welfare.

The latest data from CIS does indicate a consistent trend of migrants winding up on the public dole. The latest data resemble figures that CIS released back in March 2019 which showed that households headed by non-citizens used roughly double the amount of welfare programs as native-born Americans. 

Binder offered some lurid background information regarding the level of migration the US is currently experiencing:

Currently, there is an estimated record high of 44.5 million foreign-born residents living in the U.S. This is nearly quadruple the immigrant population in 2000. The vast majority of those arriving in the country every year — more than 1.5 million annually — are low-skilled foreign nationals who go on to compete for jobs against working class Americans.

At current legal immigration levels, the Census Bureau projects that about 1-in-6 U.S. residents will be foreign-born by 2060 with the foreign-born population hitting a record 69 million.

The GOP has dropped the ball in recent weeks through its goofy virtue signaling of resettling Afghan refugees in the US. Thankfully, there is a growing populist wing within the party that is setting the record straight. 

This nascent populist wing holds the keys not only to the GOP’s electoral success but also the preservation of America’s historic identity. Republican leaders would be wise to not ignore their populist faction.

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