CIS report to be released next week on immigrant welfare use

Your tax dollars:

Everything in the world is happening next week it seems!  Here is one more thing to put on your calendars!

On April 5th, according to a press release yesterday, the Center for Immigration Studies will release the findings of a new report entitled,“Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs.”

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2011) – A new Center for Immigration Studies report finds that, 13 years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes – not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. The major welfare programs examined in this report include cash assistance, food assistance, Medicaid, and public and subsidized housing.

The findings also show wide variation in welfare use by country of origin, with immigrants from some countries making extensive use of such programs, while those from other countries have relatively low use rates. Welfare use also varies by state, with Arizona, Texas, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and Colorado having some of the highest levels of welfare use among immigrant households.

The report, “Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs,” is authored by Steven A. Camarota, Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies. It will be released Tuesday, April 5, at 9:00 a.m. during a panel discussion at the National Press Club, 14th & F streets, N.W.

I’ll bet you a buck the study will not be encouraging, unless of course you are an advocate of the Cloward-Piven strategy to bring down capitalism by flooding the welfare system.

I know one bit of data that was probably not available—the Office or Refugee Resettlement still has not fulfilled its legal requirement to produce welfare data and other data on refugees for its annual report to Congress now three years late! As a matter of fact, I think one reason a report has not been submitted in three years is because the welfare usage and employment figures are probably so horrible that the refugee industry does not want Congress to know about it.

Take a few minutes and contact your US Congressman and US Senators and ask them to demand that the ORR submit those three (2008,2009,2010) reports to Congress!

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