Anchor babies cost Los Angeles welfare $600 million last year
California harbors the most illegal aliens in the nation and a new report out from the Los County Board of Supervisors shows the incredibly high cost of welfare for parents of anchor babies.
The $600 million tab was tallied using county statistics released by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich who says social spending for those families rose $53 million in November and when added to the $570 already spent would edge the yearly welfare bill past $600 million for 2010.
Antonovich estimated the figure using the cost of food stamps and other welfare benefits used by California’s CalWORKS program. The supervisor also pooled those numbers with public safety and health care costs.
However, county officials say the “total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers is $1.6 billion,” according to a Fox News report.
The report does not include the hundreds of millions the state and county pay for educating illegal aliens as mandated by federal law.
Supervisor Antonovich recognizes the (anchor baby) kids he focused on are U.S.-born, but the money collected from welfare is given to their parents who are primarily illegal aliens.
“The problem is illegal immigration. … Their parents evidently immigrated here in order to get on social services,” Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell told Fox News. “We can no longer afford to be HMO to the world.”
Those welfare numbers are similar to a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington D.C. think tank seeking a solution for the out-of-control immigration problem in America.
FAIR contends many states’ budget crisis can be tied directly to illegal aliens residing in their district and collecting a bevy of social-services money.
Last year FAIR estimated the yearly total for America’s illegal immigration stood at $113 billion and California’s cost was nearly $22 billion.
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