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Littlef ield, Texas prison tapped to possibly house immigrant children in U.S. illegally
“It is a potential,” [U.S. Republican Texas] Neugebauer said. “The federal criteria is pretty high, but that’s a great facility. Certainly, if they are looking for additional facilities, we want to make sure they take a look at it.”
Arismendez said the property has been maintained since closing,
But Neugebauer isn’t the only one interested in reusing the 14-year-old building.
His Democratic opponent in the upcoming November general election, Neal Marchbanks, proposed the same solution.
“We’re almost going to have to house these people for at least some period of time until we can figure out what to do with them,” he said.
“In the short run, we have vacant prisons — it sounds bad to put them in a prison, but that’s about all we can do.”
The number of illegal aliens being apprehended on the southwestern border has jumped 25 percent in the first three months of 2004 compared with last year, and some are blaming President Bush’s immigration proposal in January for enticing immigrants across the border.
originally posted by: 2manyholes
a reply to: theantediluvian
Just because crooked politicians push for amnesty does not make illegals legal. After a teenager gets 99yrs for selling pot brownies we are suppose to turn a blind eye let thousands break the law and get government benefits to top it all off? Does this not seem insane to you?
What other country would let any of our citizens live in thier country illegally? None that I know of.
Thirteen years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. ...
Among the findings: In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010),
57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children.
Immigrant households’ use of welfare tends to be much higher than natives for food assistance programs and Medicaid. Their use of cash and housing programs tends to be similar to native households.
A large share of the welfare used by immigrant households with children is received on behalf of their U.S.-born children, who are American citizens. But even households with children comprised entirely of immigrants (no U.S.-born children) still had a welfare use rate of 56 percent in 2009.
Immigrant households with children used welfare programs at consistently higher rates than natives, even before the current recession. In 2001, 50 percent of all immigrant households with children used at least one welfare program, compared to 32 percent for natives.
Households with children with the highest welfare use rates are those headed by immigrants from the Dominican Republic (82 percent), Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent), and Ecuador (70 percent). Those with the lowest use rates are from the United Kingdom (7 percent), India (19 percent), Canada (23 percent), and Korea (25 percent).
The states where immigrant households with children have the highest welfare use rates are Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent).
We estimate that 52 percent of households with children headed by legal immigrants used at least one welfare program in 2009, compared to 71 percent for illegal immigrant households with children. ...
Illegal immigrant households with children primarily use food assistance and Medicaid, making almost no use of cash or housing assistance. In contrast, legal immigrant households tend to have relatively high use rates for every type of program.
Welfare use tends to be high for both new arrivals and established residents. In 2009, 60 percent of households with children headed by an immigrant who arrived in 2000 or later used at least one welfare program; for households headed by immigrants who arrived before 2000 it was 55 percent.
... The eight major welfare programs examined in this report are SSI (Supplemental Security Income for low income elderly and disabled), TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), WIC (Women, Infants, and Children food program), free/reduced school lunch, food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), Medicaid (health insurance for those with low incomes), public housing, and rent subsidies.