I guess his "friend" has never been near a welfare office, or near an EBT checkout, or near a Home Depot.
What's wrong with that? I never go near a welfare office or EBT "checkout" either. However, I can't fault the people hanging out near Home Depot. At least they are looking to work for their money, I don't consider them panhandlers at all.
They got scams up the kazoo: numerous latino identity brokers are selling fake driver's licenses, passports, EITC applications----two Texas latinos travel the US setting up "one-stop shops" in motels using highly sophisticated tech to mfg a myriad of fake US documents which "impoverished" illegals buy for several thousand dollars----including birth certificates, Social Security cards, driver's licenses----for any state in the US------ passports and resident alien cards.
At one point, the US State Dept would not accept passports from a NJ passport office (run by a latino) b/c they were mostly fraudulent.
Cruz is an anamoly----firstly he's Cuban latino----they are typically more conservative and self sustaining than other latinos. Significantly, most of the Cubans here fled to the US when Castro took over------they abhor Communism and its offshoots.
OTOH, Mexican, Puerto Ricans and other Third Worlders violating our borders are mostly Marxist-socialist freeloaders ----- who DO NOT LIKE Cubans.
” “A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, ‘When is the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?
I guess his “friend” has never been near a welfare office, or near an EBT checkout, or near a Home Depot. “
Cruz needs some facts, not that facts make any difference with politicians.
There is a new study out today which shows that ‘immigrants’ use more welfare, are poorer and less educated!
Study Finds Poverty & Welfare Common among Immigrants
Many Longtime Immigrant Residents Still Struggling
WASHINGTON, DC (August 8, 2012) A new study from the Center for Immigration Studies uses Census Bureau data from 2010 and 2011 to provide a detailed picture of the nations immigrant population (legal and illegal) by country of birth, state, and legal status. A key finding is that immigration has dramatically increased the size of the nations low-income population. In general, immigrants make significant progress the longer they live in the country. But even with this progress, immigrants who have been in the country for 20 years are still much more likely to be poor, lack health insurance, and access the welfare system than native-born Americans. The large share of immigrants with little education partly explains this phenomenon.
There is considerable concern about issues like poverty and the large uninsured population. But what has generally not been acknowledged is the impact of immigration on these problems, notes Steven Camarota, the Centers Director of Research. Absent a change in policy, 11 to 15 million new immigrants are likely to settle in this country in the next decade and may exacerbate present problems. The study can be found at: http://cis.org/2012-profile-of-americas-foreign-born-population. Press releases specific to the top immigrant receiving states can be found at http://cis.org/Announcements/2012-profile-of-americas-foreign-born-population-states.
Among the studys findings:
* Immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) account for one-fourth of all persons in poverty and nearly one-third of the population lacking health insurance.
* In 2010, 36 percent of immigrant-headed households used at least one major welfare program (primarily food assistance and Medicaid) compared to 23 percent of native households.
* Of immigrant households with children 57 percent accessed one or more welfare programs, compared to 40 percent of native households with children.
* The high rates of poverty, uninsurance and welfare use are not due to an unwillingness to work. The share of working-age immigrants (18 to 65) holding a job in 2011 was the same as natives 68 percent. Immigrant men actually have higher rates of work than native-born men.
* The primary reason for high immigrant poverty and welfare use is the large share of immigrants who arrived as adults with relatively little education.
o Of adult immigrants (25 to 65), 28 percent have not completed high school, compared to 7 percent of natives.
o The share of immigrants (25 to 65) with at least a bachelors degree is somewhat lower than that of natives 29 vs. 33 percent.
* Among the top states of immigrant settlement, immigrants tend to be the poorest and least educated in Arizona, North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, and California. Immigrants tend to be the most educated and prosperous in Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts.
* There is a very significant variation across sending-countries and regions. Immigrants from East Asia, India and Europe tend to be the most educated and have the highest incomes, while those from Mexico and Latin American tend to be the least-educated and have the lowest incomes.
* Many immigrants make significant progress the longer they live in the country. However, as a group, immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years have not come close to closing the gap with natives.
o The poverty rate of adult immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years is 50 percent higher than that of adult natives.
o The share of adult immigrants who have lived in the United States for 20 years who lack health insurance is twice that of adult natives.
o The share of households headed by an immigrant who has lived in the United States for 20 years using one or more welfare programs is nearly twice that of native-headed households.
o The share of households headed by an immigrant who has lived in the United States for 20 years that are owner occupied is 22 percent lower than that of native households.
* Most immigrants are not recent arrivals. Nearly two-thirds have been in the United States for more than 10 years and their average length of residence in the U.S. is 19 years.
* There are 10.4 million students from immigrant households in public schools, accounting for one in five public school students.
* Overall, one in four public school students now speaks a language other than English at home.
* Of immigrant households, 53 percent are owner-occupied, compared to 68 percent of native households.
* In 2010, 13 percent of immigrant households were overcrowded, compared to 2 percent of native households. Immigrant households account for half of all overcrowded households.
* Immigrants and natives have very similar rates of entrepreneurship 11.7 percent of natives and 11.5 percent of immigrants are self-employed.
Illegal immigrants. Our best estimate is that 28 percent of the nations immigrants are in the country illegally. Illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children (under 18) account for 5 percent of the nations overall population, 10 percent those in poverty, 15 percent of the uninsured and 7 percent of the school age population.
Data Source: The data for this paper come primarily from the public-use files of the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) and the March 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS). In some cases, for state-specific information, we combine the March 2010 and 2011 CPS to get statistically robust results. In this report, the terms foreign-born and immigrant are used synonymously. Immigrants are persons living in the United States who were not American citizens at birth. This includes naturalized American citizens, legal permanent residents (green card holders), illegal immigrants, and people on long-term temporary visas such as foreign students or guest workers.