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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555
Cell: (213) 215-5176
tbell@bos.lacounty.gov

WELFARE COSTS FOR THE CHILDREN OF ILLEGAL ALIENS REACHES $53 MILLION

January 19, 2011 -- Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich released figures from the Department of Public Social Services showing that in November 2010, $53 million in welfare benefits ($22 million CalWORKs + $31 million in Food Stamps) were issued to parents who reside in the United States illegally and collect benefits for their native-born children in Los Angeles County -- representing an increase of nearly 3 million from November 2009.  This amounts to approximately 22% of all CalWORKs and Food Stamp issuances in the County. 

In 2009, CalWORKs and Food Stamp issuances to illegals totaled nearly $570 million.  Based on the monthly figures in 2010, the total cost for the year will exceed $600 million. 

“When you add this to $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to County taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year – not including the hundreds of millions of dollars for education,” said Antonovich.