The PointBy Daniel Greenfield

Non-Citizen Households Almost Twice as Likely to be on Welfare

Some truths are just basic and obvious. Yet the media insists on shoveling out nonsense about how Elon Musk and Sergey Brin are representative of the average immigrant. They’re not. They used to be more representative before Ted Kennedy decided to replicate the ideal political ecosystem of the Democrats across the country. And so now here we are.

Skilled immigration is tough to manage. Unskilled migration is everywhere. With the inevitable results shown in his CIS study.

In 2014, 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen reported that they used at least one welfare program, compared to 35 percent of native-headed households.

Welfare use drops to 58 percent for non-citizen households and 30 percent for native households if cash payments from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are not counted as welfare. EITC recipients pay no federal income tax. Like other welfare, the EITC is a means-tested, anti-poverty program, but unlike other programs one has to work to receive it.

Compared to native households, non-citizen households have much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).

Including the EITC, 31 percent of non-citizen-headed households receive cash welfare, compared to 19 percent of native households. If the EITC is not included, then cash receipt by non-citizen households is slightly lower than natives (6 percent vs. 8 percent).

Mass migration, of the kind that the Left champions, is dangerous and destructive. It’s also hideously expensive. As unskilled migration continues, American competitiveness declines to match those countries where the migrants originate from. 

We’re losing our work ethic, our skill sets and our reputation for innovation.

And meanwhile we sink ever deeper into a welfare state of the kind that the Democrats can always run and win on.