Despite liberal insistence to the contrary, illegal immigration is a tremendous burden to the social safety net, especially in sanctuary cities.
Data from the LA County Department of Public Social Service shows that illegal immigrant families received upwards of $1.3 billion in LA County welfare payments during 2015 and 2016 alone.
This amounts to almost one-fourth of all dollars spent on helping the county’s poor, according to Fox News.
Los Angeles County, which allows welfare and food stamp benefits to go to illegal immigrants with children, also boasts the largest illegal immigrant population of any other U.S. county, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
And the financial effects are the “tip of the iceberg,” says Heritage Foundation senior fellow Robert Rector.
“They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend,” Rector said, stating that the combination of all benefits can come to $24,000 per year, more than they would ever pay in taxes.
While the numbers are grim, they are coming down thanks to Trump Administration policies. LA County is expected to spend $200 million less in 2017, and fewer families are collecting benefits.
Here are the raw numbers from Fox News:
The welfare benefit data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services shows:
More than 58,000 families received a total of $602 million in benefits in 2015.
More than 64,000 families received a total of $675 million in 2016.
During the first five months of 2017, more than 60,000 families received a total of $181 million.
Welfare and food stamp costs for the county’s entire population were $3.1 billion in 2015, $2.9 billion in 2016 and $1.5 billion so far in 2017.
Roughly a quarter of California’s 4 million illegal immigrants reside in Los Angeles County.
Californians will be delighted to know that in 2013 alone every U.S. citizen household spent $2,370 on illegal immigrants, to the tune of $25.3 billion, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
And Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has only magnified the problem in his city by founding the Office of Immigrant Affairs to help illegals take advantage of the freebies.
“Immigration is at the heart of LA’s story,” Garcetti said in a statement at the time. “LA’s become one of the world’s great cities by embracing immigration and diversity and we’ll continue supporting anyone who wants to work hard and invest in our future – no matter who they are, where they came from or what language they speak.”
If “great” means flat broke, then we’re on the same page.
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