[Ed. – Even excluding earned income tax “credit” (EITC) distributions, the figure is still 58%; i.e., people using SSI/TANF, SNAP, Medicaid. Moreover, the reliance on welfare is intensified with time.]
In a new analysis of the latest numbers, from 2014, 63 percent of non-citizens are using a welfare program, and it grows to 70 percent for those here 10 years or more, confirming another concern that once immigrants tap into welfare, they don’t get off it.
The report said that there are 4,684,784 million non-citizen households receiving welfare.
While most new legal immigrants (green card holders) are barred from most welfare programs, as are illegal immigrants and temporary visitors, these provisions have only a modest impact on non-citizen household use rates because: 1) most legal immigrants have been in the country long enough to qualify … 4) non-citizens (including illegal immigrants) can receive benefits on behalf of their U.S.-born children who are awarded U.S. citizenship and full welfare eligibility at birth.