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How do illegals get government assistance?

I always see the arguement that illegals are here using our tax money through government assistance. How do they get it? Is our system really that bad off where thousands, maybe millions, of people can get government assistance through social security fraud and stolen identities?
When my husband was laid off last year we used government health care for several months. When we applied they wanted EVERY last bit of info about us. They wanted cell phone bills, written statements from friends, neighbors, and family. They wanted SS cards, drivers licenses, birth certificates, the whole nine yards, even to physically see our children. How is it possible for so many people to cheat the system?
The things I can think of is the children going to tax funded public schools, the citizen children of illegals recieving assistance, maybe illegals taking advantage of some government education programs. But how do they get welfare?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:29 AM on May. 3, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (39)
  • identity fraud.. duh... it happens allllllllll the time...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:32 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • That's my question anon :32. Is our system really that bad??? Millions of people fool the system?

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:35 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • yeah.. it really is... and if you think about it, they dont ask for picture ID.. at least they didnt when i got medical while i was pregnant.. im legal though.

    but even if they did, how easy would it be to get an ID with your picture on it.... esp if you have someones birth certificate...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:37 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • I dont know how they do in Indiana. Here you have to show picture ID's s.s cards, birth certificates, proof of income, rent receipts, utility, water, and phone bills, medical expenses, and all that stuff
    BIMOM21

    Answer by BIMOM21 at 5:40 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • They don't.......................................


    They have no legal documents, so it is impossible to do..............

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 6:00 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • no it isnt mustbegrace... anon is right... fraud.
    MomNbabyGirl009

    Answer by MomNbabyGirl009 at 6:01 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • Illegal immigrants CAN NOT receive government assistance. You must have a valid social security number in order to receive government assistance. They may be able to get it for their children who are U.S. citizens, but that is it. Some women who are illegal immigrants do give birth here and the government ends up paying for that if they don't have health insurance.


    Source: I used to work at the Department of Human Services

    CocoaQT

    Answer by CocoaQT at 7:26 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • Well when they have children here in the US, those children are citizens and entitled to government assistance which ultimately the illegal parents get to use.
    usmc0351wife

    Answer by usmc0351wife at 7:48 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • They don't.......................................


    They have no legal documents, so it is impossible to do..............


     


    Sarcasm.......................................

    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 8:05 AM on May. 3, 2009

  • In what Hollywood spy movie do some of you live in? It is not like you can go down to the Wal-mart and by some fake documents. Sure, if may happen from time to time but, millions of illegal immigrants do not defraud the system. The system is defrauded by regular Americans.
    Imaginaryfriend

    Answer by Imaginaryfriend at 8:18 AM on May. 3, 2009

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