Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich

WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS EXCEEDS $100 MILLION IN JUNE AND JULY

Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555  Cell: (213) 215-5176
E-mail: tbell@bos.lacounty.gov

September 26, 2012                                                                                                           

For Immediate Release

WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS EXCEEDS $100 MILLION IN JUNE AND JULY 

Projected Annual Cost is $625 Million 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY—The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported that more than $100 million in welfare benefits were issued to illegal alien parents for their native-born children in June and July alone, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

The $100 million consists of nearly $40 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and $70 million in food stamps — representing 22% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the County.  At this rate, the projected annual cost is more than $625 million. 

“With the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich.  “These costs do not include the hundreds of millions of dollars for education.”

Figures from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services-June and July