Los Angeles County Has Paid Illegal Immigrants 1.3 Billion In Welfare Benefits Since 2015

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From 2015 to 2016, Los Angeles County has paid illegal immigrant families over $1.3 billion dollars as reported by Fox News.

This is more than one quarter of the money for the county expenditure on all of their low- income population.   The Department of Public Social Services, which is the organization that assesses welfare and food stamp benefits in the county. They gave a summary of costs associated with the city’s easy going sanctuary policies for illegal immigrants.

According to a study from the Migration Policy Institute, it has been determined that Los Angeles has one of the highest concentration of undocumented people of any county in the country. It also permits undocumented families with children born in the U.S. to receive full welfare and food stamp benefits.

Robert Rector, from Heritage Foundation, says these costs are just “the tip of the iceberg,” when it comes to supporting illegal immigrant families.

He also indicated that the state can subsidize up to $24,000 per family for education, police and fire, medical, and affordable housing coverage.

Rector said, “They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend.”

The Trump administration’s  program on illegal immigration could decrease the population abusing the government systems. This year is is expected that Los Angeles county will cut down on these benefits by almost $200 million compared to 2016 because of several thousand fewer undocumented families accepting state-funded welfare.

“The number of entrants nationwide is going down. The population is static if not shrinking,” Rector said.

Data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Services shows that more than 58,000 families collected $602 million in benefits in 2015. 64,000 families received a total of $675 million in 2016. The entire county’s population cost the state $3.1 billion in total welfare and food stamps in 2015, and $2.9 billion in 2016.

About one quarter of California’s 4 million undocumented immigrants currently live in Los Angeles county.

Los Angeles’ mayor Eric Garcetti wants to continue the benefits for illegal immigrants and embraces them moving there.

“Immigration is at the heart of LA’s story,” Garcetti said. “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.”


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