Aliens and their families received nearly $1.3 billion in welfare between 2015 and 2016, according to Fox News.
The outlet cites data from Los Angeles’ Department of Public Social Services as the source of its report, which it states “gives a snapshot of the financial costs associated with sanctuary and related policies.”
“The sanctuary county of Los Angeles is an illegal immigration epicenter, with the largest concentration of any county in the nation,” the outlet continues, pointing to a study from the Migration Policy Institute.
“The county also allows illegal immigrant parents with children born in the United States to seek welfare and food stamp benefits.”
At the end of the day, the money handed out to aliens in Los Angeles dwarfs any amount that segment of the population could possibly pay in taxes.
“They get $3 in benefits for every $1 they spend,” Fox News quotes Heritage Foundation senior fellow Robert Rector as stating.
However, according to Fox News, things appear likely to change this year.
“The Trump presidency’s hardline immigration policies… may be playing some role in curtailing the population seeking welfare payments in recent months,” the outlet states, adding that the data it obtained also shows “Los Angeles County is expected to dole out $200 million less this year than in 2016 and several thousand fewer families are collecting benefits.”
It’s not clear how much of an impact Trump’s policies are expected to have on California as a whole, which spent a whopping $25.3 billion (yes, with a b) on aliens in 2013 according to a study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
One thing is certain, however; as previously reported, alien immigration numbers are way down across the country.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers have now been able to direct their attention towards sanctuary cities like New York where 144 criminal aliens were recently removed as part of an 11-day operation.