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Lamar S.
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  • A Majority of Immigrant Households Rely on Welfare

    by Representative Lamar Smith

    Posted on 2015-12-09

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    SMITH of texas in the house of representatives Wednesday, December 9, 2015 Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, a recent report found that more than half of immigrant households (both legal and illegal) in the United States receive welfare benefits--compared to only 30% of native households.

    [[Page E1753]] The report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) determined that welfare use increased significantly for households with children.

    Almost half of immigrant households who have been in the country for more than 20 years still rely on welfare. This contradicts the commonly held notion that long-time immigrants don't consume government benefits.

    Our immigration and welfare programs should not subsidize other nations' low-skilled workers who compete with struggling American families for scarce jobs.

    The CIS report reminds us how much work remains before we have an immigration system that puts the interests of Americans first.


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