The Obama Administration Pays Illegal Aliens to Come Here

John Hinderaker, PowerLine, August 7, 2012


A basic premise of immigration law is that immigrants to the U.S. are expected to be self-supporting. {snip}


But, as in so many other instances, President Obama has simply changed the law by executive fiat. In this case the administration acted quietly, so that it took quite a while before others understood how badly Obama had subverted the immigration laws. Yesterday, four Republican Senators wrote to Janet Napolitano and Hillary Clinton; you can read their letter here:

It has long been a sound principle of immigration law that those who seek citizenship in this country ought to be financially self-sufficient. We were thus shocked to discover that both the State Department and DHS exclude reliance on almost all governmental welfare programs when evaluating whether an alien is likely to become a public charge. Your agencies apply a cramped interpretation of the law in this regard, considering reliance on only two of nearly 80 federal welfare programs as evidence of likelihood of becoming a public charge: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

In fact, guidance from your agencies specifically prevents consular and DHS officials from considering the likelihood that an alien will receive SNAP benefits [food stamps], WIC payments, Medicaid, child-care benefits, foster care, energy assistance, educational assistance, other medical and health benefits, and assistance from at least fifteen different nutritional programs.

The Obama administration advertises the fact that anyone is welcome to come to the United States to receive food stamps:

Barack Obama’s mania to make everyone a dependent of the federal government extends even to illegal aliens. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has uncovered the astonishing fact that the Obama administration pays billions of dollars in child tax credits to illegal aliens:

A few tidbits from the IG’s report:


* The Inspector General recommended that, “Legislation should be considered to require a Social Security Number in order to be eligible for the ACTC, consistent with the requirements for the Earned Income Tax Credit… As it now stands, the payment of Federal funds through this tax benefit appears to provide an additional incentive for aliens to enter, reside, and work in the U.S. without authorization, which contradicts Federal law and policy to remove such incentives.”

Republican Senators proposed such legislation, but Harry Reid refused to allow it to come to the Senate floor for a vote. {snip}

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  • potato78

    Majority rule!!!  He was elected by the rule.  He will be another four year in white house.  After then, Hispanic man will be elected by the majority rule.  More people will come to US.  So when is the time to stop?

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Excellent point.  We may already be past the point of no return.

  • Enar_Larsson

    Good on Sessions, Grassley, Hatch, and Roberts for writing their letter. Hopefully they are willing to make a lot of noise about this and not back down in any way. Unfortunately, the GOP is still of the opinion that if they are the ones to give away money and citizenship they will be the ones to reap the votes. 

  • crystal evans

    I always thought a sponsor who has the income that is required by ICE to make sure that a new immigrant would not become a public charge.

    • Sherman_McCoy

      Hah.  BTW, take a look at how many imported Indian parents who were sponsored by their sons are now on SSI.

      • crystal evans

        What gets me angry is that these foreigners never contributed one cent to Social Security and they are able to collect? I understand that they are only able to collect for five or six years and after that, they must become citizens to continue to receive benefits.

        • IstvanIN

          SSI is not Social Security (RSDI), it is a Federal welfare program adminstered by the Social Security Adminsitration.  Unlike RSDI you do not contribute to SSI, you merely qualify due to disability or age. 

    • The__Bobster

      It used to be that speaking English was a requirement, too

      Thus, there are millions of naturalized citizens who only became such through fraud, and thus should be stripped of their American citizenship, and returned to their homelands.

      There is a simple test to identify such people: Engage them in a conversation, on any topic, in English.

      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials have for years made a mockery of citizenship ceremonies. The officials, who are often themselves immigrants, ask applicants to speak only a couple of words of English, and give the citizenship test orally, so that there is no record as to whether the applicant properly answered any of the questions, let alone whether he could give them in English. The ceremony functions as a rubber stamp, and to spend hours signing up the new “citizens” for every welfare program under the sun.

  • The U.S. is the Official (Tm) Flop House of the third world.

  • IstvanIN

    In NJ illegals get every conceivable benefit for their US born children.  It amounts to thousands per month in TANF, FS/SNAP, Medicaid, Emergency Assistance, Rental Assistance, bus passes, you name it. Technically the illegals are only the “payees”.

  • SouthernWhite

    Gee!! We are so Generous!!!!  I wonder if when the minorities become the majority, I wonder if they will be as kind to whitey as he was to them, HELL NO THEY WON’T!!!  Oh that’s right, it won’t matter if they would, WE WILL BE BROKE FROM PAYING FOR THERE THIRLD WORD BEHIND!!!!!

    • SouthernWhite

      MAYBE we will deport them all!! This Government…… Probably not

      • crystal evans

        I wonder how we lived before the illegal immigrants. We cut our own lawns, we picked our own food,  it was possible for any teenager who wanted a job to get one. How did we become so dependent upon them? Is it because they are simply a source of cheap labor?

  • JackKrak

    It’s just the first step in a process – food stamps, Medicaid card, driver’s license, Democratic voter  registration card.

    Repeat ten million times.

  • Spartan24708

    I had my house listed with a rental agency who sent a gang of africans with the worst body odor you could ever imagine. First thing they said was “do you take section 8?” My thought was “how in the hell do they get section 8 when citizens wait years to get rental assistance?” I cancelled my contract with the agency and listed the house myself- making sure I had the proper credit and background checks done- and had good tenants within a week.

    • crystal evans

      I wonder about that too. Since there are usually long waiting lists for Section 8.  So you cannot do a credit check or background check on a Section 8 applicant? I thought Section 8 applicants had to go through the same process like any other rental applicant.

      • Spartan24708

        It requires lots of paperwork and government intervention. Since the house would have to meet approval and I only have one rental property it could cost us thousands to have a section 8 tenant.

  • ageofknowledge

    Taking money from hard working law abiding taxpaying U.S. citizens and handing it over to illegal aliens.

    • The Verdict of History

       It is the liberal way….

  • Well here is what will end up happening, in a few months at the start of the fiscal year America will not have the money for this(october is when the US fiscal year starts) so you will see lots of programs slowed down. This will either keep making Mexicans leave like in Texas to go to state like California which will just raise taxes and pay for them, or people will riot. The first is going on where I live but I have a good feeling the latter will happen sooner the later 

  • The Verdict of History



    America In Name Only… or


    United In Name Only