February 20, 2017

BAN THE NATIVES:

REPORT: THE MYTH OF THE GOVERNMENT-DEPENDENT IMMIGRANT (SAMUEL HAMMOND, 2/14/17, Niskanen Center)

[S]ome myths are harder to correct than others. Indeed, members of the current White House appear to hold the same misconceptions, as revealed most recently in a draft executive order from January 2017 which claims "households headed by aliens are much more likely than those headed by citizens to use Federal means-tested public benefits." No citation is provided.

In a new report, my colleague Robert Orr and I demonstrate that low-income immigrants are less likely to access to public benefits than their native-born counterparts. This is even true when they are otherwise fully eligible. For example, under current rules for SNAP, noncitizens can bypass the five year ban if they have children under the age of 18, are blind or disabled, have a military connection, or have worked for 40 qualifying quarters. Nevertheless, only 35.1% of low-income noncitizen children are members of a low-income household receiving SNAP, compared to 46.8% for the native-born. Citizen children of noncitizen parents also tend to participate in SNAP at a lower rate.

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