One of the claims of the pro-immigration crowd is that we need willing workers for jobs and to support the aging population. However, that has again been proven to not be true. Besides the facts that CIS has published on immigrant welfare use, the more important issue is that the government is continuing to ignore the law that prohibits immigrants from from using welfare programs.
To wit, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a fact sheet inviting aliens to use a myriad of welfare programs without any risk of deportation.
Immigration and welfare laws have generated some concern about whether a non-citizen may face adverse immigration consequences for having received Federal, state, or local public benefits. Some non-citizens and their families are eligible for public benefits – including disaster relief, treatment of communicable diseases, immunizations, and children’s nutrition and health care programs – without being found to be a public charge.Definition of Public Charge• Medicaid and other health insurance and health services (including public assistance for immunizations and for testing and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases, use of health clinics, short-term rehabilitation services, prenatal care, and emergency medical services) other than support for long-term institutional care• Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)• Nutrition programs, including Food Stamps, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, and other supplementary and emergency food assistance programs• Housing benefits• Child care services• Energy assistance, such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)• Emergency disaster relief• Foster care and adoption assistance• Educational assistance (such as attending public school), including benefits under the Head Start Act and aid for elementary, secondary, or higher education• Job training programs• In-kind, community-based programs, services, or assistance (such as soup kitchens, crisis counseling and intervention, and short-term shelter)• Non-cash benefits under TANF such as subsidized child care or transit subsidies• Cash payments that have been earned, such as Title II Social Security benefits, government pensions, and veterans' benefits, among other forms of earned benefits, do not support a public charge determination• Unemployment compensation is also not considered for public charge purposes
The fatuous part of this fact sheet is that it lists those welfare programs that immigrants can use and those they cannot. But in the end, the government, regardless of administration, refuses to enforce the law against those programs which the federal government says immigrants are ineligible for.
By way of justification, the legacy INS and USCIS claim to make a distinction between so called "cash" benefits and "non-cash benefits," which is a distinction without a difference. Both identify an alien who has become dependent on welfare and the tax-payer, and is consequently a public charge. But even the cash and non-cash distinction is fallacious, since many cash based welfare programs are permitted by policy, not by law, to aliens. The claimed distinction is some cash benefits are not for income maintenance, but again, there is nothing in the public charge prohibition about income maintenance, but about dependency on welfare programs.