Los Angeles County paid over $1.3 billion in welfare benefits to illegal immigrant families between 2015 and 2016, The Daily Caller reports.
This represents nearly 25 percent of the amount spent on LA County’s entire low-income population.
Los Angeles County permits illegal immigrant families who have at least one child born in the U.S. to receive full welfare benefits and food stamps. The county is home to 25 percent of California’s more than 4 million illegal immigrants.
“These costs are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to supporting illegal immigrant families,” according to Heritage Foundation senior fellow Robert Rector. Rector explains in addition to the benefits conferred on illegal immigrants by LA County, the state of California “can subsidize up to $24,000 per family to pay for education, police and fire, medical, and affordable housing coverage. They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is one of the biggest proponents of assuring Los Angeles remains a sanctuary city.
In 2013, Garcetti established the Office of Immigrant Affairs to help illegal immigrants navigate the maze of government benefits, Fox News reports.
Due to President Trump’s focus on enforcing immigration laws, the number of immigrants entering the U.S. illegally is decreasing.
Furthermore, Rector notes that “the number of entrants nationwide is going down. The population is static if not shrinking.”
With several thousand fewer illegal immigrant families as a result of Trump’s policies, Los Angeles County is expected to pay $200 million less in welfare benefits to illegal immigrants in 2017 than in 2016.
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