Project 21 News

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Date of Issue: February 29, 1996

General Information Contact: Arturo Silva or Michael Session

As Vote on Immigration Bill Nears, African-American Group Assails Abuse of Entitlement Programs by Immigrants

As evidence mounts that increasing numbers of immigrants are dependent on government entitlement programs, members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 are supporting curbs and cuts in programs that they believe are rife with fraud and abuse.

Project 21 member and California businessman Al Wilson states, "There should be legislation that requires the repatriation of immigrants and refugees if their sponsor fails to uphold their obligations to support them. Congressional testimony has raised the spectre that ever-increasing dependency of immigrants could lead to the crowding out of other eligible people."

The example of Orange County, California serves as a case in point. Angelo Doti, Director of Financial Assistance at the Department of Social Services Agency in Orange County, California, an agency which serves 2.6 million county residents, testified on February 6 before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on Immigration. Doti reported that in Orange County "refugees (both time-eligible and time-expired) mak[e] up significant amounts of each welfare program caseload..." Mr. Doti also cited the following statistics and case situations for Orange County:

The Senate is expected to vote on an omnibus immigration proposal dealing with both legal and illegal immigration in the second or third week of March. The Senate Judiciary Committee started marking-up the bill, sponsored by Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), on February 29. Opponents of the bill as it is currently written, led by Senator Spence Abraham (R-MI), many of whom are Republican, are attempting to split the legislation into two bills so the issues of illegal and legal immigration can be dealt with separately. Senator Abraham is also trying to delete provisions in the Simpson bill setting up a national identity card system. The increasing reliance on welfare by immigrants has been a driving force in the campaign to reform the nation's immigration laws.

"Given the waste and abuse of the system, I think we should abolish these programs. Because, as the testimony has shown clearly, people are dumping their responsibilities on the American taxpayers. Immigrants and refugees should already be self-sufficient or have dependable sponsors before they are admitted into the country," says Project 21 member Tony Clarke, also a member of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform in Mar Vista, California.

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