DHS Website Promoting Government Handouts To Immigrants

The Deparment of Homeland Security’s website WelcomeToAmerica.gov is not only billing itself as the “primary gateway for new immigrants to find basic information on how to settle in the United States,” but also features a prominent section of the site which instructs new immigratnst on how to access government benefits.

“Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income, you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs,” the Web page reads.

“Government assistance programs can be critically important to the well-being of some immigrants and their families,” the page continues. “Frequently, however, there is a lack of information about how to access such benefits. Benefit programs can be complicated and you may be given misleading information about how they operate.”

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Among the benefits linked to on the page are supplemental security income (SSI), food stamp program, temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), Medicare, Medicaid, and benefits and services for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

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In addition, the site also touts that “Free public education for children is one reason many immigrants come to the United States. The American educational system, however, covers much more than schools for children. Universities, English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for adults, and community college classes are other important aspects of our educational system.” The site goes on to explain that the federal government can also provide immigrants and their children with funding, via financial aid, for “higher education.”

Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, has taken a hard line against the federal government’s current open-door policy on immigrant welfare and believes DHS should take the Web page down.

“Some of these programs are clearly not available for immigrants,” Sessions said. “It just creates confusion out there and suggests that if you can get into America, you can leave and get onto these programs, and from what we are seeing, many of these people are successful in getting on benefit programs that they are not lawfully entitled to.”

Sessions noted that there is little enforcement of regulations that would ensure new immigrants are self-sufficient.

“From what we’ve learned from our inquiries from the government is that there’s virtually no enforcement — no attempt, no enforcement — of the need for the immigrant to be self-sustaining,” he said. “They’re turning down almost nobody because they don’t have a record, they’re not going to be able to take care of themselves. They’re turning down almost no one on the basis that they can’t take care of themselves financially, and the facts show very large numbers can’t. And very large numbers are getting benefits virtually as soon as they arrive in the country, and the government is advertising for them to do so.”

Carolina May at the Daily Caller points out that new immigrants are not necessarily eligible for the benefits advertised on the website. She also said that “enrollment in SSI and TANF may also serve as impediments to future immigration status adjustments.”

Take a look at a Fox News panel discussing the DHS’ promotion of government handouts below:

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