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Study: U.S. Anchor Baby Policy Ensures Easy Welfare Access for Illegal Aliens

via WION
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Households headed by illegal aliens have a high rate of accessing welfare due to the birthright citizenship policy for the children of illegal immigrants.

Research shows that almost 60% of such households use welfare, compared to less than 40% for native-born Americans.

This is primarily due to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants being eligible for welfare programs from birth. (Trending: Trump Releases Must-See Christmas Message)

The presence of anchor babies, born to illegal immigrant parents, allows for easy welfare access.

The Supreme Court has not explicitly ruled on birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants, and legal scholars have differing opinions.

Currently, there are about 5.8 million anchor babies in the U.S., costing taxpayers over $150 billion annually.

Center for Immigration Studies researchers Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler wrote that assistance rates, “primarily reflect their generally … low-incomes, coupled with the large share who have U.S.-born children who are eligible for all welfare programs from birth.”

“The high use of welfare by illegal immigrant-headed households may seem implausible. However, there are several things to consider: First, more than half of all illegal immigrant households have one or more U.S.-born children,” continued the researchers.

“The reality is that illegal immigrants are included in the [2022 Survey of Income and Program Participation], a large share of them are poor, and they or their U.S.-born children have welfare eligibility; and many take advantage of this eligibility,” wrote Camarota and Zeigler.

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