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We now know that accused bombers temporal and and jar -- cars aren't I have and the family all receive welfare benefits from the state of Massachusetts to the tune of about 100000 dollars.
-- -- Or not state lawmakers are now demanding answers in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.
State represent David Lynn -- is chart leading that charge he joins -- nice to see is there.
Thank you it's a pleasure to be here.
How can other two issues one is whether it was legal what they receive -- sense that we start you know if they received benefits legally.
Where we're really looking into that it appears from what we've been -- -- to discern so far.
Is that at least initially.
Everything they received.
Was legal but you have to look at this a little further because there's an issue -- -- about continuing benefits.
And the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
To continuing to check their eligibility.
As the years goes on and so we're examining this from a systematic.
Basis trying to see whether or not there was a proper oversight and whether or not in fact everything they guard threw -- the course.
Of the time period was in fact legal this is raising a lot of a lot of questions here in Massachusetts.
Full best of the eligibility and then the oversight that their welfare department was having Elvis -- So it's basically shut down an open spigot if you become illegal the fund should be cut off and you're trying to determine whether or not they did become illegal at some point that they receiving benefits and weather was cut off.
Well yeah that's part of it but then also you have to look at the question of when you come here into the United States seeking political asylum as a refugee.
From a foreign country.
At what point.
I'm should you be getting these benefits I -- should they just be handed out as freely as they are when you come here.
As a as a refugee and then should you also have the right to go back and forth.
To that country that you supposedly were fleeing looking for -- from.
There's a lot of questions here are quite frankly the taxpayers in Massachusetts are.
Furious at this it -- literally adding insult to injury here I'm above this family and the types of benefits they were getting.
And you know given the fact that two people -- are you charged were absolutely horrific horrific crimes.
If you are if you get asylum and in the -- and you're live in the state of Massachusetts.
How long if you know really don't know this can you continue to -- able bodied person.
And -- not a student how long can you continued to live on the largesse of the state of Massachusetts when you get cut off.
-- you really don't get cut off as long as you're making the income qualifications or rather not making the income qualifications.
But the problem is is that once you -- that system.
His very little oversight as far as checking what you income is and then of course there's the whole issue as well as the cash economy.
I'm the this state is really only able to check.
What you're getting above the table but if you're making money under the table of course that's never reported it is never going to be factored into whether or not you're getting.
The benefits or whether you should be getting the benefits as well what we're finding here is is that there are hold different layers of benefits.
There federal benefits state benefits local benefits.
And quite frankly you know without disclosing too much here because I'm constrained -- -- what we call ironically the public records law in Massachusetts.
It looks like there -- some families in Massachusetts that again in all types of benefits -- very little oversight.
-- -- -- Okay thank you.
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