Thursday, December 4, 2008
Gotbaum: Illegals CAN'T get benefits (not that we check status)
From Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum and the New York Immigration Coalition’s Guide to Public Benefits for Immigrants:
Many immigrants also worry that a benefits administrator will report them to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This is not true. By law, city agencies are not allowed to ask you about your immigration status or disclose your immigration status to anyone.
Undocumented immigrants cannot get most state and federal public benefits, but these benefits are still available to their citizen children. For example, if you are an undocumented immigrant, you are not eligible for Food Stamps, but you can apply for Food Stamps for your citizen children.
Yes, please come to the USA illegally. We'll look the other way when you subdivide apartments into multiple dwellings and sleep in shifts. Then please multiply. We have a goal of shoehorning at least a million more people here by 2030. Don't worry, we'll feed your kids! The next generation will remember who helped you out each Election Day. Tweeding 101.
For more fun reading, try this:
Undocumented can't get public benefits: guide