A study shows that both legal and illegal immigrants are more of a drain on America's social welfare system than native-born Americans.
The study, performed by the Center for Immigration Studies, shows that in 2012 the majority of immigrants in the U.S. received some form of government welfare. In fact, the report shows that 51 percent of immigrant households used at least one welfare program versus 30 percent of native-born households.
The study did not specify if the immigrants were legal or illegal.
Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, says legals versus illegals can be estimated in the data, which shows approximately 75 percent of households receiving welfare are headed by a legal immigrant.
The other one-quarter of benefits go to illegal immigrants.
"And that roughly reflects the distribution of legal versus illegal in the U.S.," he explains. "About one in four immigrants in the United States is here illegally and the rest are here legally."
Camarota says the study clearly debunks the argument from illegal alien supporters that illegals pay taxes and aren't a drain on the social welfare system.
Most immigrants, including illegals, come to the United States to work, and most of them do work, the immigrant analyst says.
"But because such a large fraction have modest levels of education, they often earn wages that reflect this face," Camarota tells OneNewsNow. "And they or their children are eligible for a host of welfare programs."
These kinds of studies illustrate why the American people are fed up with our broken immigration system, he adds, and want the next president to push for significant changes.