We’ve heard it time and time again; those who favor amnesty twist and contort the very limits of logic by asserting that illegal immigration aids our economy.
It does not.
In truth, a very basic understanding of economics will yield an undeniable fact: importing millions of lower-skilled laborers into the job market will only heighten unemployment for the lower and middle class.
Further, those who are here illegally and who often avoid paying taxes often send money to their home country to help family members still there. In addition to the theft of American jobs, illegal immigrants hurt our economy by exporting our money to other nations and not keeping the money local or within the U.S.
To make matters worse, a recent report revealed that a whopping 62% of families who were in the country illegally in 2012 were on welfare.
The same report from the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that 49% of legal immigrant families were on welfare and 30% of native families were on welfare.
Now that the Obama Administration has signaled that the consequence of deportation is all-but impossible, many more families have likely been emboldened to take advantage of the bloated welfare system that finances our nation’s fiscal destruction.
The report evaluates data from the Census Bureau and found that illegal immigrant households benefit mostly from food programs like food stamps and Medicaid through their native-born children.
“Welfare use by illegal immigrant households is certainly a concern, but the bigger issue is welfare use by legal immigrants,” said Steven Camarota, the Center’s director of research and author of the report. “Three-fourths of immigrant households using welfare are headed by legal immigrants.”
“Legal immigration is supposed to benefit the country, yet so many legal immigrants are not able to support themselves or their children,” he continued.
When households have children, the percentage of those receiving benefits increases. “Of legal immigrant households with children, 72 percent access one or more welfare programs, compared to 52 percent of native households,” states the report.
And illegal immigrant households have higher use rates of government benefits than native-born households.
“Households headed by immigrants illegally in the country have higher use rates than native households overall and for food programs (57 percent vs. 22 percent) and Medicaid (51 percent vs. 23 percent),” states the report. “Use of cash programs by illegal immigrants is lower than use by natives (5 percent vs. 10 percent), as is use of housing programs (4 percent vs. 6 percent).”
The report also finds that some restrictions on government benefits are not enforced, and there are many exemptions or ways for these individuals to skirt them.
“Restrictions on new legal immigrants’ access to welfare have not prevented them from accessing programs at high rates because restrictions often apply to only a modest share of immigrants at any one time,” states the report. “Some programs are not restricted, there are numerous exceptions and exemptions, and some provisions are entirely unenforced. Equally important, immigrants, including those illegally in the country, can receive welfare on behalf of their U.S.-born children.”
The stats are staggering and serve as a stark reminder that our national resources are not infinite. While the left pretends that there exists some sort of human right to illegally cross into our country and enjoy the benefits she provides, the fact is that the entire nation can and will capsize economically if we continue to function as a welfare state that takes from the producers to redistribute the wealth.
Beyond simple welfare reforms, we must gut welfare spending and turn-off the tap by finally stopping the continuation of illegal immigration.