If someone won a presidential election with 60% of the votes, you'd shout “landslide”!! The news that 60% of illegal immigrants are getting government aid gets no such attention. (see link below)
Nobody objects to someone getting a green card and coming to America "normally". With an H1B job visa. Blood relative visa, spouse/fiancé visa. Those programs have rules to ensure that new arrivals don't end up on welfare. The job sponsor/relative/spouse actually signs a document assuming financial responsibility. It's not on everyone else if a new arrival has no skills, no prospects, and no place to stay.
Last year at least 2 million illegal immigrants entered through the southern border. A smaller, but growing number, flew to Canada first, then walked through some snowy forest to get in. Why did they fly to Canada first? Because the USA has legitimate immigration agents at airports checking visas and passports. What if you just landed, and don't have those? Back you go!
These rules are mostly ignored if you're hiking to America. When you make it to US soil, all you have to do is give a name (it doesn't have to be your own), serve up a fingerprint, and have a photo taken. Then you get a form saying you have an immigration court hearing in 3 to 6 months. But what if you don't show up? What if you're using another name?
If a company wants to hire someone (a restaurant, Amazon, a roofing company, General Motors) that employer is supposed to use the E-Verify system to make sure that the applicant isn't using a stolen identity, and they actually have a legal right to compete against citizens for the job. Most jobs typically pay LESS than $55,000 a year (unless you're Shohei Ohtani). But it costs $55,000 a year for New York City to accommodate each illegal alien, according to the city's own budget. If all 2 million immigrants who arrived in 2023 ended up in New York, the budget hit would be $110 Billion (with a B). I don't have any data handy on how many immigrants arrived in 2022, or the year before that, etc. but those could be big numbers too.
This month congress and the president are facing off on yet ANOTHER government shutdown. Over massive federal spending. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell appeared on CBS's 60 minutes last week to warn that the national debt is “unsustainable”. Mayor Adams of NYC is pleading for a bailout. California is probably counting on one too. Shohei Ohtani is paying his taxes and using his own identity I presume. He is now one of California's biggest taxpayers.
America shouldn't have different standards for immigration, identity theft, and welfare eligibility based what form of transportation was used. The law never intended that. Hiking into America and getting welfare is the consequence of some shady politicians trying to engineer re-election with voters. And it's driving America into bankruptcy.
I'm just sayin' . . .
Report Shows More Than 60% of Illegal Immigrants Are on Government Assistance (msn.com)