The argument that immigrants to the United States take undue advantage of the welfare state, although plausible, is exaggerated or just plain wrong. Excluding refugees, immigrants resort to welfare less often than native-born Americans.

Lowell E. Gallaway (1930-2019) was Professor of Economics at Ohio University and and co-author of the award-winning Institute book, Out of Work: Unemployment and Government in Twentieth-Century America.
Stephen J. Moore is Co-Founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the Project for Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation, and Senior Economist at FreedomWorks.
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Richard K. Vedder is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Economics at Ohio University, and author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America.
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