Sunday, May 13, 2018
The Trump administration has threatened to tighten the use of public benefits by immigrants and punish those who do in fact access them (even if they are legally entitled to do so). But immigrants appear to use benefits at lower rates than U.S. citizens.
In a study for the CATO Institute, Alex Nowrasteh and Robert Orr conclude that
"Overall, immigrants are less likely to consume welfare benefits and, when they do, they generally consume a lower dollar value of benefits than native-born Americans. Immigrants who meet the eligibility thresholds of age for the entitlement programs or poverty for the means-tested welfare programs generally have lower use rates and consume a lower dollar value relative to native-born Americans. The per capita cost of providing welfare to immigrants is substantially less than the per capita cost of providing welfare to native-born Americans."