Homeland Security Promotes Welfare to New Immigrants in Government ‘Welcome’ Materials

Caroline May, Daily Caller, November 18, 201


Welcome to USA.gov,” a website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), bills itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States”—featuring a prominent section for new immigrants about how to access government benefits.

“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.

“Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families. Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.”

The DHS page offers links to government websites that explain how to access benefits including food stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and the “official website with information on all available federal benefit programs,” with a nonworking link to Benefits.gov.

WelcometoUSA.gov also boasts to immigrants that “[f]ree public education for children is one reason many immigrants come to the United States.”

Though the website appears to advertise benefits, new immigrants are not necessarily eligible for the benefits displayed on the website; enrollment in SSI and TANF may also serve as impediments to future immigration status adjustments.


Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, has taken a hard line against the federal government’s current open-door policy on immigrant welfare and believes DHS should take the Web page down.

“Some of these programs are clearly not available for immigrants,” Sessions told TheDC, “and it just creates confusion out there and suggests that if you can get into America, you can leave and get onto these programs, and from what we are seeing, many of these people are successful in getting on benefit programs that they are not lawfully entitled to.”

USCIS also offers new immigrants a guidebook to the United States, a portion of which details federal and state assistance programs including Medicare, Medicaid, TANF, food stamps, SSI and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The guide, available online and in print, is called “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants.”

“Most hospitals are required by federal law to treat patients with a medical emergency even if the person cannot pay,” the guide tips. It goes on to advise that while “[y]ou or members of your family may be eligible for other federal benefits” it depends on “your immigration status, length of time in the U.S., and income.”


In fiscal year 2011, 0.068 percent of visa applications—7,069 out of  10.37 million immigrant and non-immigrant applications processed by the State Department—were denied due to a dependency risk.


Sessions noted that there is little enforcement of regulations that would ensure new immigrants are self-sufficient.

“From what we’ve learned from our inquiries from the government is that there’s virtually no enforcement—no attempt, no enforcement—of the need for the immigrant to be self-sustaining,” he said. “They’re turning down almost nobody because they don’t have a record, they’re not going to be able to take care of themselves. They’re turning down almost no one on the basis that they can’t take care of themselves financially, and the facts show very large numbers can’t. And very large numbers are getting benefits virtually as soon as they arrive in the country, and the government is advertising for them to do so.”


According to a recent analysis of census data by the Center for Immigration Studies, 36 percent of immigrant heads of households, both legal and illegal, used at least one form of welfare in 2010, compared to 23 percent of native born heads of household.

The heads of household from Mexico, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic constituted the highest users of welfare: 57 percent, 55 percent and 54 percent, respectively. The heads of households with the lowest participation were from Canada at 13 percent, Germany at 10 percent, and the United Kingdom at 6 percent.

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  • StillModerated

    One of the language options on the Social Security site is in Haitian. I thought Haitians spoke French, maybe SSA will start a website in Ebonics, too.

    • Laura White

      Haitian creole is a bastardized version of French.

      As an example: think of the way Vietnamese immigrants speak English, then imagine that written phonetically – “Joo nee peh foh dat” for example would mean “You need to pay for that.”

      Same thing with creole French.

      Any questions?

      – Arturo


      • Mithras88

        The two official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole, with about 12-13 million people exclusively speaking Haitian Creole. Haitian Creole, like any other amalgam language, is what linguists term a “pidgin language,” and combines elements from French, Spanish, various west African languages, Arabic, Taino and Arawak.

  • crystal evans

    No, Haitians speak Creole.

    • Interesting. I thought they spoke French ….. but thankfully we don’t have then in Chicago, so I didn’t know.

  • The__Bobster

    What happened to the requirement that immigrants had to have sponsors so that they didn’t become wards of the state?

    I believe that any immigrant who applies for any sort of government aid should be deported on the spot.

    • kmorgana

      Exactly- bobster, this doesn’t exist in USA. It DOES, however, exist in OTHER nations. My father had a tough time filling out all of the paperwork and hoops to jump through in order to be allowed to stay in Sweden (an American, with no need nor desire to be on the ‘dole’) why not do that HERE? Oh- forgot- not part of the New World Order/Marxist plan. See, THAT plan wants to blur borders and diversify everything.

    • Greg Thomas

      That requirement is being enforced as rigorously as our immigration laws. Besides,
      with the passage of the Hart Cellar Act, the American people have become the “sponsors”
      by default.

  • mobilebay

    Fly in, sail in, drive in or sneak in…Santa is waiting for you. You don’t have papers? That’s okay. We’ve stopped enforcing all immigration laws so feel free. And, you’re just in time to get in line for our biggest giveaway of all time…citizenship. We can’t wait to become Los Estados Unidos!

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Our Fedgov is actively engaged in hostile actions against the White community, our God given privilege, and our ordained future.

    Hate Whitey is a national religion.

  • Katherine McChesney

    I have a new neighbor from the Dominican Republic. He’s too pushy and eager to be accepted. He’s on the dole. He’s already exhibiting signs of aggression. Is this normal for these people?

    • Rob

      Oh yes very much so, I have had extensive experience with DRs, PR’s, Cubans, Colombians, Ecuadorans, Haitians, et al, Fun City, back in the 1980s NYPD had information packets for the officers re JAMAICANS, it stated, and this is the God’s honest truth, that when the Jamaican GROWLED, the officer should retreat and summon help. The posses were formidable the cops didn’t wish to engage, God only knows how it is going to be nationwide in about 7 years.

    • Greg Thomas

      Not only is it “normal,” but the aggressive behavior will escalate in the months to come.
      If you dare speak out, you will be demonized as “intolerant, xenophobic, mean-spirited,
      and racist.” Welcome to the third world.

      • Katherine McChesney

        I reported his aggression to my white landlady, but she would do nothing. However, she said he had made an unkind remark about me after I had complained to him about how loudly he blasts his music. It’s so loud that my apartment walls vibrate. I find myself frightened of him after he banged on my door and put his arm out to keep me from closing it. He was downright hostile, yelling at me. I do my best to stay away from him. Thinking about going to the police to donate money and get a sticker to glue to my front door. Is that a bad idea?

        • Mithras88

          Not a bad idea at all.

          I would however recommend investing in a firearm, should you not have one already. The people of the Dominican Republic possess a notorious predisposition towards violence, particularly gun violence and more often than not their primal rage is directed towards women; the nation of the DR possesses an outlandish murder rate of 25.56 murders per 100,000 people, which is extremely high considering their relative population size. If I recall correctly, over 64% of all violent crime that occurs in the Dominican Republic involves a firearm, and an even greater proportion of violent crime is directed towards women.

          • Katherine McChesney

            Thanks for your reply. I DID call the police and a white one arrived. He gave me some good pointers about how to ‘force’ the manager to acknowledge this guys problems….by calling the security guard. Guards have to account for everything to the manager. Then this officer told me from then on to call the police as I have rights here just as much as an immigrant. He was encouraging and serious about help me. Thanks again.
            P.S. I found the Dem. Repubs picture on facebook. The officer agreed he looked threatening.

        • Greg Thomas

          I tend to agree with Mithras. Visit your local armory and make a “donation.” The police are filled with diversity hires. They will be of no help. Bumper stickers are useless against a third-world brown, who probably could not read it to begin with.

  • Rob

    ILLEGAL aliens DO receive government handouts, just one example from earlier this year was EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, several billion dollars was given by .gov to the illegals who did not qualify for it. But let’s face reality: .gov is ON the side of the illegals and is actively waging war on Whites. This war is NOT new, not unique to Obama and the Dems, it was Ronald Reagan who amnestied untold millions of illegal mexicans and others, it was Richard Nixon who gave us Affirmative Action, George W. Bush who sued FDNY so that more non-whites could be appointed and Whites discriminated against, and it goes on and on, WE HAVE NO FRIENDS in either party. To hear Rush Limbaugh today say, the DNA of the Americans who created the greatest nation in history was NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER ON EARTH, that was a BIG FAT LIE, and so Mr Limbaugh you are not part of the solution, you, Mitt, Sean Hannity, O’Reilly, et al are WASTING OUR TIME.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble


      According to Wake Up America’s Illegal Alien Fact Sheet:

      *More than 43% of all Food Stamps issued are to illegal aliens.

      *More than 41% of all unemployment checks issued in the United States are to illegal aliens.

      *62% of all undocumented immigrants in the United States are working for cash and not paying taxes, predominantly illegal aliens, working without a green card.

      *More than 380,000 anchor babies born in the United States in 2005 were to parents who are illegal aliens; making those 380,000 babies automatically U.S. citizens.

      *97.2% of all costs incurred from those births were paid by the American taxpayer.

      *More than 66% of all births in California are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.

      For more fun facts about illegal alien crime/welfare use/theft from American taxpayers, see here:



  • Greg Thomas

    And you have to ask why White Americans are not having more children! Perhaps it’s because our tax dollars are being usurped, in order to support Juanita and Van Tran as soon as they step foot in this country. Where’s the outrage!

    • mobilebay

      I think we’re all outraged, Mr. Thomas, but where does it get us? I constantly phone, write and fax my representatives, and often get answers…that they will take my suggestions under consideration, but there’s never been a change in all these years since I began to realize that we were losing our country. We are as ignored as our immigration laws are. Each time an amnesty has been passed, we’ve been told it was the “last” one. They continue to lie and do as they please. That about sums up politicians.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The US is admitting hoards of immigrants whose primary goal is to get on food stamps and welfare rolls.

    Remember “Fat and Furious” when obama met with the Mexican president 30 times to promote food stamps for Mexican immigrants?

    Hmmm. One might get the impression the obama government is trying to create a one-party state and collapse the American economy.


  • Nicholai Hel

    “Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what someone else’s country can do for you.”

  • kmorgana

    I told a family friend that 84 California hospitals closed because they ran out of money on account of illegal immigrants never paying for births and emergency room visits. She called me a racist.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I remember clinics in San Diego had to turn away Americans for treatment because of the illegals crossing the border for treatment.

      BTW, your family friend is the racist.

  • randy

    Better yet we are borrowing the money from China to pay of all this crap. Makes sense dont it go into debt to bring welfare parasites into the country to create more debt Obama is out to destroy the US economically is he not

  • Eagle_Eyed

    This is the definition of anarchical-tyranny.

  • Athling

    This is happening by design. Third World immigrants overwhelmingly vote for Democrats. The Democrats use these immigrants as a key part of their strategy for strengthening their political power. A strategy that has worked so well in fact that we are near the point of permanent Leftist control of the government.

  • Alexandra

    I always said Homeland Security was a joke…and a sick one at that.