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Antonovich: 2009 welfare costs for children of illegal aliens top $500 million

Posted: February 5, 2010 12:22 p.m.
Updated: February 5, 2010 2:42 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released figures from the county Department of Public Social Services showing that illegal aliens' children born in the United States collected nearly $570 million in welfare and food stamps in 2009.

Approximately 23 percent of all CALWORKS and food stamp issuances in Los Angeles County are made to parents who reside in the United States illegally and collect benefits for their native-born children.

"When you add this to $350 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year - not including the millions of dollars for education," Antonovich said.

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