Despite its anti-immigrant reputation, California has been among the most generous of the 50 states in providing public aid to needy noncitizens who lost benefits in the 1996 federal welfare overhaul, a new study shows.
The analysis by the Urban Institute found California did more to provide food, money and health care to affected legal immigrants than either New York, Florida or Texas -- the three states with the largest number of immigrants after California.
"When looking across the four states with the biggest immigrant populations, California has done the most to restore benefits to legal immigrants," said Wendy Zimmerman, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan, Washington, D.C.-based public policy research organization.
Experts say California's seemingly contradictory attitudes about immigration and aid to immigrants underscore widespread mixed feelings about the state's demographic transformation.
California was home to ballot initiatives during the 1990s targeting illegal immigrants, affirmative action and bilingual education -- campaigns that spread, in limited fashion, to other states.
"This is another example of the great ambivalence with which the public in California addresses one of the great social and economic changes ever in this state, which is the rapid immigration that has occurred over the past two decades," said Mark Baldassare, survey director for the Public Policy Institute of California, an independent research group.
The new study ranked California with several states -- including Illinois, Washington and Massachusetts -- that were classified as "most generous" to noncitizens, based on efforts to make up for aid lost under the 1996 federal law.
Only California and Maine -- which has relatively few immigrants -- created four key new programs for needy legal immigrants: food stamps, medical insurance, cash welfare for families and cash aid for the elderly and disabled.
The historic overhaul of the nation's welfare system resulted in a vast difference between how the government treats its U.S. citizens and its noncitizen legal residents. The changes shifted broad authority to the states to decide whether to help legal immigrants.
No state has been nearly as generous toward needy legal immigrants as California, home to about one-third of the nation's immigrants.
This year, California taxpayers are spending more than $100 million to provide both food assistance to 89,000 legal immigrants and cash aid to another 5,000 elderly and disabled made ineligible for federal benefits. Just last week, the Assembly approved an expansion and extension of those aid efforts.
A principal reason that the new aid won approval during the administration of former Governor Pete Wilson is that it was clearly targeted for legal immigrants. The outcry from Wilson and others focused on illegal immigration. Proposition 187, the 1994 ballot initiative championed by Wilson, was designed to deny services to illegal immigrants.
Source - http://articles.sfgate.com/1999-06-07/news/17692118_1_legal-immigrants-illegal-immigration-urban-institute
20+ million ILLEGAL aliens are in the United States of America.
Right now in the United States of America, ILLEGAL aliens have more rights than you do!
9/26/2010 - HAZELTON, PA - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - IT'S ILLEGAL TO ARREST AN ILLEGAL ALIEN. IT'S ILLEGAL TO ARREST OR PUNISH THOSE WHO HIRE OR RENT TO ILLEGAL ALIENS!!!
"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people." --Theodore Roosevelt
"This nation is in danger of becoming a Third World nightmare with all the corruption, disease, illiteracy, violence and balkanization known all over the world. We need a 10-year moratorium on all immigration to catch our collective breath and we need deportation of over 10 million illegal aliens in a slow and orderly fashion." --Ed Garrison
“The 1987 amnesty was a failure; rather than reducing illegal immigration, it led to an increase,” FAIR stated. “Any new amnesty measure will further weaken respect for our immigration laws. Therefore, all amnesty measures must be defeated.” --Frosty Wooldridge
President barry shits on the United States.
This is a picture of YOUR American president, (president barry soetoro, a.k.a barack obama) refusing to acknowledge the National Anthem of the United States of America. This picture clearly shows barry with his hands crossed across his vaginal area when the United States Anthem was playing.
barry has NO RESPECT for you, me, or America! Not only did he disrespect America, he just shit on the graves of every American Soldier that has died for this country.
6/15/2010 - PRESIDENT BARRY CAN'T EVEN KEEP A U.S. PARK OPEN!!! He gave the park to mexico & the illegal alien mexican drug cartel!!!
7/6/2010 - American President barry soetoro sues AMERICA!!!
9/11/2010 - YOUR president just gave mexico $1 billion dollars for deepwater oil drilling despite his own moratorium on U.S. deepwater drilling!? More proof that barry hates America!
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign. 2. A violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state. 3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust. 2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.
700 ILLEGAL ALIENS - 40 DAYS - ONE TRAIL
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What's in their backpacks? Are any of them sick with a contagious disease?
United States Code, Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter II, Part VIII, §1325 - "Improper Entry by Alien," any citizen of any country other than the United States who: 1) Enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers; or 2) Eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers; or 3) Attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact; has committed a federal crime.
Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.
1. FORBIDDEN BY LAW; UNLAWFUL; ILLICIT 2. UNAUTHORIZED OR PROHIBITED BY A CODE OF OFFICIAL OR ACCEPTED RULES
3. A PERSON WHO HAS ENTERED OR ATTEMPTED TO ENTER A COUNTRY ILLEGALLY
1. a foreigner who has entered or resides in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization. 2. a foreigner who enters the U.S. without an entry or immigrant visa, esp. a person who crosses the border by avoiding inspection or who overstays the period of time allowed as a visitor, tourist, or businessperson.
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