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Dan Gilmore / Sep. 3, 2015

Immigrants More Likely to Use Welfare

It could also indicate an opportunity for lovers of Liberty.

A report by the Center for Immigration Studies found that over half of the households led by an immigrant relied on some sort of welfare program in 2012. While 30% of the Americans who are native to the country rely on services such as school lunch programs, Medicaid and housing assistance, 51% of immigrant-led households were dependent on the same welfare. The author of the study, Steven Camarota, told USA Today, “This should not be understood as some kind of defect or moral failing on the part of immigrants. Rather, what it represents is a system that allows a lot of less-educated immigrants to settle in the country, who then earn modest wages and are eligible for a very generous welfare system.” It could also indicate an opportunity for lovers of Liberty. Many countries that immigrants leave employ some level of socialism with large welfare programs. A welfare system is familiar to the new arrivals to America, not a system of self-government. And that’s where Patriots can come along side and demonstrate how to live in a society infused with Liberty.

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