LOS ANGELES COUNTY—The Department of Public Social Services issued nearly $639 million in welfare and food stamp benefits to illegal immigrant parents for their native-born children in 2013 – and $304 million so far in the first six months of 2014, according to an announcement by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The more than $300 million spent this year consisted of nearly $112 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $192 million in CalFresh (food stamps). See graph below.
At this pace, the total cost for the year will again exceed $600 million, Antonovich stated.
He noted that more than 20% of the County’s public welfare funds are spent on illegal immigrants; plus, taxpayers spend more than $550 million on public safety, $500 million on healthcare, and hundreds of millions on education to support illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County.
“Illegal immigration continues to cost County taxpayers nearly $2 billion dollars a year and siphons resources away from vital municipal services for legal immigrants and county residents,” said Antonovich.
The county supervisor also criticized Gov. Jerry Brown for fast-tracking $3 million to provide legal representation to unaccompanied minors who illegally cross the border.
“Any and all costs associated with Illegal immigration are a federal responsibility,” said Antonovich. “The state has already failed to reimburse local jurisdictions for unfunded mandates. The legislature should be pressing our federal representatives to reimburse for all costs associated with their failed immigration laws. This reckless policy is a flagrant abuse of state funds – especially when you consider the unmet needs of our own foster children and emancipated youth.”
[Information via press release from Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.]