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The Myth that Immigrants Drain Social Welfare Programs

March 4, 2013 in Economics

Some anti-immigration groups have claimed that immigrants use more public benefits than the native born, creating a serious and unfair burden for citizens. In a new study, Leighton Ku and Brian Bruen provide updated analysis of immigrant and native-born utilization of public benefit programs, and find that low-income non-citizen adults and children generally have lower rates of public benefit use than native-born adults or citizen children whose parents are also citizens.

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