Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
August 28, 2008 For Immediate Release
WELFARE COSTS FOR CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS IN
L.A. COUNTY NEARLY $37 MILLION IN JULY
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – New statistics from the Department of Public Social Services reveal that illegal aliens and their families in Los Angeles County collected nearly $37 million in welfare and food stamp allocations in July 2008, announced Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
Twenty five percent of the all welfare and food stamps benefits is going directly to the children of illegal aliens. Illegals collected over $19 million in welfare assistance for July 2008 and over $17 million in monthly food stamp allocations, for a projected annual cost of $432 million.
Annually, the cost of illegal immigration to Los Angeles County taxpayers exceeds over one billion dollars, which includes $220 million for public safety, $400 million for healthcare, and $432 million in welfare allocations. This does not include millions of dollars for education.
“Illegal immigration continues to have a devastating impact on Los Angeles County taxpayers,” said Antonovich. “With $220 million, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers far exceeds $1 billion a year – not including the millions of dollars for education.”