Immigrant Households Use Welfare Programs

Tuesday, 05 Apr 2011 11:36 AM

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A new study released Tuesday by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that the majority of immigrant households with children use at least one welfare program.

immigrant familes welfare programsThe study looked at Census Bureau data and found that 57 percent of immigrant-headed households, both legal and illegal, with children under 18 years of age depend on the government.

It found these households tend to depend on welfare because of their low education levels and their resulting low incomes. In contrast, 39 percent of households head by native born Americans depend on welfare.

The study examined Supplemental Security Income for low income elderly and the disabled; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; the Women, Infants, and Children food program; free and reduced school lunch; food stamps; Medicaid, which is health insurance for those with low incomes; public housing; and rent subsidies.

The report is called "Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs." Steven A. Camarota, the center's director of research, wrote the report.

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