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County welfare for kids of illegal aliens nears $48 million in May

Posted: July 14, 2009 5:51 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2009 5:51 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Figures from the Department of Public Social Services show that children of illegal aliens in Los Angeles County collected more than $21 million in welfare and more than $26 million in food stamps in May 2009.

That represents an increase of $6 million from the month of January and an increase of $10 million from the same time last year, according to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

Projected over a 12-month period, the monthly cost would exceed $500 million.

Annually the cost of illegal immigration to county taxpayers exceeds one billion dollars, which includes $350 million for public safety, $400 million for health care, and $500 million in welfare and food stamps allocations.

Twenty-four percent of the county's total allotment of welfare and food stamp benefits goes directly to the children of illegal aliens born in the United States.

"Illegal immigration continues to have a catastrophic impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers," Antonovich said. "The total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1 billion a year -- not including the millions of dollars for education."

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