According to new state data in Utah, at least 10% of welfare benefits in the state are going to households that contain illegal aliens. Under state law, illegal aliens cannot qualify for welfare expenses, but because many of the children of illegal aliens were born in the United States and are citizens, along with other scenarios, illegal aliens are indeed receiving state benefits.
Between June 2009 and May 2010, a Department of Workforce Services report found that 23,837 "mixed-status" households received state aid.
"That is just one of many, many issues showing we need a crackdown on illegal immigration," said state Rep. Stephen Sandstrom who intends on offering Arizona-style legislation during the next state session. "I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. Because of widespread fraud with Social Security numbers, I think a lot more illegal immigrants are applying for benefits with numbers that are stolen or made up."
For more information, see the Deseret News.
Originally Published: Thu, Aug 5th 2010 @ 11:09am EDT