The White House took aim at immigration policy once again by claiming America is “choking” on them.
In a stiff pushback against claims the administrationâ€™s immigration policies are inhumane, the White House today said that the nation is choking on the 10.7 million legal immigrants and refugees allowed in over the past 10 years that are in addition to the 11.3 million illegals here.
â€œOur expansive humanitarian-based, family-based, and lottery-based immigration system fails to consider the needs of American workers and taxpayers, who have been burdened by decades of low-skilled immigration that has suppressed wages, fueled unemployment, and strained federal resources,â€ said the White House.
It cited reports that many come here and end up on taxpayer funded welfare.
â€œCensus data shows that current U.S. immigration policy admits large numbers of individuals who struggle to become financially independent and instead rely on a vast array of government benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers. For instance, roughly half of all immigrant-headed households use one or more welfare program,â€ said the statement.
Here are the numbers:
Since 2008 the U.S admitted 10,713,014 legal immigrants. 478,325 foreign nationals admitted by lottery whileÂ 7,756,985 were admitted due to family ties.