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Antonovich: Benefits To Illegal Aliens With Native-Born Children Cost County $636M

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The Department of Public Social Services reported over $636 million in welfare and food stamp benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in 2012, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Monday.


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The $636 million consisted of $234 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $402 million in CalFresh (food stamps) – a $14 million increase over the previous year. More than 20 percent of the County’s public welfare funds are spent on illegal immigrants.

“With the $520 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich.  “These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for education.”


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