The real problem with immigration and welfare

Source: Orange County Register
by Agustina Vergara Cid

“As an advocate for freedom in immigration, one of the objections to my position I hear most often is: ‘immigrants abuse the welfare state by taking from a system they haven’t contributed to.’ This objection relies largely on a myth. Demagogues make it sound as if immigrants have virtually unrestricted eligibility to welfare, comparable to native-born Americans. But immigrants’ eligibility for welfare programs is much more limited than most people think. … My question to those who make that objection is: are you concerned with people taking the unearned, or are you scapegoating immigrants? If, like me, you’re concerned about the former, then the objection should be directed at the welfare state itself and entitlement-minded recipients demanding the handouts– not at the many immigrants seeking to earn their own way.” (06/02/24)