Legal, Illegal Immigrants Use 60% More Food Stamps Than Native-Born

A new study published by Breitbart indicates approximately 51 percent of immigrant households receive one form of welfare or another. The findings are staggering.

Opponents of the poll claim the numbers simply reflect first generation immigrants. That may be the case, but who is paying for all this? The answer is simple; you are. The question now becomes why this is happening when a majority of those on the receiving end give back far less to their new country than they get in return.

The study showed that illegal and legal immigrants are using nearly 60 percent more U.S. taxpayer-funded food stamps than native-born Americans. That data was obtained from a leading immigration research group.

The study was conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). They discovered that the majority of the more than 1.5 million foreign nationals entering the country every year use about 57 percent more food stamps than the average native-born American household.

USDA SNAP food stamp programs

Overall, immigrant households consume 33 percent more cash welfare than American citizen households and 44 percent more in Medicaid dollars. This straining of public services by a booming 44 million foreign-born population translates to the average immigrant household costing American taxpayers $6,234 in federal welfare.

The average welfare cost in immigrant-headed households is $6,234, compared to $4,431 in native-headed households. Immigrant households consume more cash, food, and Medicaid dollars than native households, while housing costs are roughly the same for both groups. Medicaid is the largest welfare program, driving a large part of the overall difference between immigrants and natives

The cost of immigrant welfare use varies by the immigrants’ region of origin. The study shows that the highest-cost households are those headed by immigrants from Central America and Mexico, consuming an average of $8,251 in welfare spending. Households headed by immigrants from Europe and Asia tend to be the least costly.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.