California officials estimate that $650 million in welfare benefits will be distributed to undocumented immigrant parents in Los Angeles County in 2013.
LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich announced that more than $376 million in CalWORKs benefits and food stamps had already been given to undocumented immigrant parents for their native-born children through July. The latest figures were reported from the Department of Public Social Services.
The data indicated that LA Country distributes about $54 million in welfare payments each month. The benefits that are issued consist of nearly $20 million in CalWORKs and $34 million in food stamps.
The estimated $54 million that was issued in July 2013 is up about $1 million from the nearly $53 million in total benefits issued in July 2012. According to Antonovich, about 100,000 children of 60,000 undocumented parents receive aid in LA County, CBS Local reported.
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“When you add the $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,” Antonovich said in a statement. “These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”