August 22, 2014
For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY—Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich announced that the Department of Public Social Services issued nearly $639 million in welfare and food stamp benefits to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in 2013 — and $304 million so far in the first six months of 2014.
The over $300 million consisted of nearly $112 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $192 million in CalFresh (food stamps). At this pace, the total cost for the year will again exceed $600 million.
More than 20% of the County’s public welfare funds are spent on illegal immigrants. In addition, taxpayers spend more than $550 million on public safety, $500 million on healthcare, and hundreds of millions on education to support illegal immigrants in Los Angeles County.
“Illegal immigration continues to cost County taxpayers nearly $2 billion dollars a year and siphons resources away from vital municipal services for legal immigrants and county residents,” said Supervisor Antonovich.