DHS website promotes gov't handouts to immigrants
New American dream?
- Duration 8:29
- Date Nov 24, 2012
New American dream?
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Welcome to America.
Welcome to government handouts.
A Republican lawmaker demanding that the Department of Homeland Security take down this website.
It shows -- new immigrants into citizens how to sign up for government benefits right away from Medicaid to food stamps is this the new American dream.
Hi everybody I'm David has been a welcome to Forbes on FOX let's go and focus.
Steve Forbes rich -- guard John jamming Elizabeth MacDonald -- Unger and Mike -- zany and so Steve.
Is this think America you know and love.
-- David and it's not just to immigrants in this country the people who are here now they're trying to make dependent on the government because they know dependence long this year you're on the dependence on the government.
That means more votes for them so they had that -- Julie cartoon -- during the campaign from birth to death the government will take care view.
So they're cropping immigrants the corrupting us got to put a stop to it.
It Rick -- this is a land of opportunity.
Not a land of handouts right.
Yes it is and nobody is -- anything at this is simply are well -- this is just information that's available.
The same information by the way that shows up on every government website not just for new immigrants.
But let me ask your question anybody here at the table remember this -- Mitt Romney does that name ring a bell.
Well his father when he came here from Mexico you know what.
He got that exact kind of government -- and you know what happened to him he turned out to be president of one of the nation's biggest auto companies.
Became governor of the state of Michigan every now and then somebody needs a little.
My dear friend regarding her Mike has to be brought up to date he didn't get the same benefits because these are a lot of new benefits that didn't exist -- the -- there is something called supplemental security income which is basically just free money.
From the government this is an addition.
To Medicaid this is an addition to food stamps it's about a thousand dollars a month that you get so I mean there's a whole lot of new stuff this by the way we started under Richard Nixon SSI.
And was actually meant just for blind and that handicapped people now it's been.
It it's been broadened to include new emigrants.
Well I have to be kind to my friend Rick since he beat me out of the Starbucks coffee and election -- but that said look we've increasingly become a nation dependent on government.
Dollars twenty years ago was the average entitlement spending in this country per person.
Adjusted for inflation that figures now it's 6600.
Dollars it's a 78%.
So we have become a nation increasingly dependent on government handouts.
So how could we not expect immigrants coming to this country.
Look at that and say hey I want -- but -- it's insulting it's not only insulting to taxpayers I think it's insulting to the emigrants to those hardworking immigrants who come here looking for work not handouts.
Well David you know what the problem is is not that you can't.
Blame immigrants for this because if if they have citizen and we're not -- -- street blaming the government for offering to our citizens should be treated equally what I am saying is that you've got to look at.
Well for reform comprehensively.
I think there's a little bit too much finger pointing it immigrants here who if they are citizens after all qualify for the same benefits as any other citizens.
Steve is right the problem is so comprehensive it applies to everybody.
Well -- active though the point as I think that the blame goes specifically to a government that is tried to offer from cradle to grave benefits without opera offering the opportunity.
Handouts and opportunity -- two different things -- And -- also David yeah -- they -- until also right listen immigrants built this nation a lot of you know people called illegal immigrants are helping to build this nation to from all sorts of the of the parts of the of the earth.
And the problem is so that -- we spend a trillion dollars on.
Basically we -- welfare that's more than defense and Medicare and combined but what we're talking about also with our illegal immigrants who are being.
You know given food stamps that's where the controversy is illegal immigrants are not entitled to Medicaid Medicare resources curious about the food stamp program set up with the -- and Mexico and whether Mexico is ponying up their fair share for its citizens that's where the.
All right but -- -- -- go to this website anybody can go to this website it's -- welcome to America web site and here.
This is just about page from it it says government benefits welcome to America hear the bad habits here -- the freebies here's a free money.
Here the free -- stances that are depending on your immigration status -- that time of the US and income you may be eligible for some federal benefit.
Programs and then it goes through a long litany of what you're eligible for -- it's long and it's a lot of money.
Once terribly unfortunate no matter whether it's offered to immigrants are actual citizens -- always got remembers that immigrants are treasures the arrival of each one makes us more American music signifies.
The arrival -- if they -- here to work.
It out here I took the last thing -- want to do is offer them handouts to come here that ensures that you get a lower quality person coming here.
We want to attract only those who want to come here and achieve in this is not the way to do it.
Steve that's the problem I I would say that the overwhelming number -- to come here come here to work but there are some and they're going to be drawn -- just the way it's happened in Europe.
-- Crawford all these benefits immigrants -- guess what a lot of immigrants came just for the benefits.
You know unfortunately I think gave John is right most immigrants rich have come to this country do want to get ahead -- Lincoln put it improve your lot in life.
But this whole thing is -- goes beyond immigrants is about the whole citizenry.
All the occupants of this country they want to subvert us they want to make us dependent because that means power for the senate and votes for the senator.
It is corrupting and we see what's happening in Europe when they do that.
And -- and I guy saw you shaking your head but that we have here a list of all those aliens who qualified -- to listen.
Of course the lawfully admitted for permanent residents but there even people who are scheduled for deportation whose deportation is being withheld until they investigate -- There's a whole list of people -- -- millions and millions of illegal and -- -- I say illegal they're not actually illegal but they're deportation is being withheld who qualify for these bad.
-- guy yeah I suspect that this is not with those people are doing if they're scheduled for deportation they have bigger problems than trying to get government benefits let but they are being offered those benefits Rick and some of them get -- they're not being operated yes they are -- right you're part of why information on the web site Liz is correct Liz pointed out that food stamps are not available.
To these people that you're talking about that's all -- -- not I'm better read directly from the INS here it says once an individual qualifies.
For SSI supplemental security income they automatically.
Become eligible for several other -- -- our programs -- has allowed by federal and state Medicaid.
Qualified Medicare food stamps and housing choice.
Voucher -- wait wait wait let tell us now who qualifies for SSI because in point of fact very very very -- -- -- -- -- -- during -- -- -- just told -- 67 classifications of failing to qualify -- you're -- your -- fire they have to qualify for SSI before any of those benefits would.
You you said he yeah that's right how do you qualify for SSI.
When the event and David your point is well taken the brunt of point two is is that -- when you look at what the government is doing unbeknownst to the viewer and attacks -- out -- they have scripts written.
It's for -- bureaucrats to say to the recipient even think don't want the welfare benefits here's how we can overcome -- Self pride about it and here's how we can give you a check email if you don't want it so it's actual and a -- program saying look we want you to take the tax -- It okay look this this thing Mike has has a tendency to expand -- all government programs do.
First SSI was specifically meant for the blind and the handicapped and the elderly.
Now it includes -- first it was a small amount of money now it's a much larger amount of money all of these government programs.
Just expand that's a major government programs -- and I and they always puts them is free but in fact we're happy overall economy this a very large cost for example if you look at the current recovery so called since June of 2009.
Since -- time.
Median incomes it.
Are down 4600.
Dollars on average -- meanwhile during the recession there were only down on average 2800.
-- -- -- is -- great cost to the -- -- -- -- and again bottom line is whenever you -- free from the government reach for your wallet because you're gonna be paying for if -- terror expert thanks -- coming up next.