Immigrants, illegals in US use more welfare schemes than natives

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Washington, Nov 29 (UNI) Immigrants and illegal migrants in US are more likely to be using welfare programmes than native Americans as they are less educated, a new study has claimed.

''The problem here is not work, or a lack of willingness to work; it's not legal status but educational level at arrival,'' The New York Times quoted research director for the Center for Immigration Studies, Steven A Camarota, as saying.

The public burden is a major issue, and it was one of the disputes, along with border security and increased enforcement, that helped kill the Senate immigration bill earlier this year.

President George W Bush had wanted to scrap the family-based immigration system active since the last 50 years and replace it with a system involving job skills, high education levels and English proficiency. The opposition, however, objected arguing that family reunification should still be the guiding principle.

Mr Camarota, whose group calls for a crackdown on illegal immigrants and a slowdown in legal immigration, said the family-based system put a strain on taxpayer-funded services.

The burdens illegal immigrants place on taxpayers can't be solved through amnesty because it would not raise education levels, he said.


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