LOS ANGELES COUNTY— Following the recent USC study that indicates one in 10 Los Angeles County residents is an illegal immigrant, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services reported over $54 million in welfare benefits issued to illegal alien parents in March, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The $54 million consists of over $19 million in CalWORKs (welfare) and nearly $35 million in food stamps — representing 20% of all CalWORKs and food stamp issuances in the county.
At this rate, the projected annual cost for 2013 is approximately $650 million — an increase of $25 million compared with last year.
These numbers will continue to rise as, according to the USC study, one in five children in Los Angeles County has at least one parent who is in the country illegally.
“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 even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”
Nearly half of the county’s illegal immigrants lack a high school diploma, and 60% do not speak English well, according to the USC study.
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