While many politicians in New York and elsewhere were briefly incensed over Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s proposal to grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, New York has been regarded as more generous in providing various benefits, regardless of whether immigrants are here legally. New York City has encouraged illegal immigrants to avail themselves of city public safety, health and other services by saying they would not be reported to immigration authorities.
Immigrants in New York Better Off, Study Finds
In New York City, 57 percent of children under 5 had foreign-born fathers, even more than in Los Angeles County. In New York State, according to the analysis, 49 percent of households headed by an illegal immigrant are enrolled in one welfare program or another, typically food assistance and Medicaid for their children.