Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
October 26, 2012
For Immediate Release
PROJECTED ANNUAL WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS TO EXCEED $635 MILLION
LOS ANGELES COUNTY—With an additional $52 million in welfare payments issued in August to illegal alien parents for their native-born children, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services projects that in 2012 more than $635 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to illegal alien parents, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The more than $52 million consist of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $33 million in food stamps — representing 22% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County. At this rate, the projected annual cost is approximately $635 million.
“When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”
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