Christmas in America: It’s About Giving, Not Taking
Immigration enthusiasts love to tout the entrepreneurial success stories of a few world-class newcomers who become millionaires in America. Good for them.Alas, the more common story isn’t so rich or uplifting. The path of many immigrants – both recent and long-term – follows a darker Dickensian line, with its sharpest edges softened by the ministrations of our modern-day welfare state.Among the findings of a new report:
- 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen said they used at least one welfare program, compared with 35 percent of native-headed households.
- Non-citizen households had much higher use of food programs (45 percent vs. 21 percent for natives) and Medicaid (50 percent vs. 23 percent for natives).
- Significantly, welfare use tends to be high for both newer arrivals and long-time residents. Of households headed by non-citizens in the U.S. for fewer than 10 years, 50 percent use one or more welfare programs; for those here more than 10 years, the rate rises to 70 percent.
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