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April 30, 2013

“You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.” Milton Friedman

Today’s Drudge trumpets the Boston Herald’s report that the family of the Boston Bombers may have received as much as $100,000 in welfare benefits.

Why would this surprise anyone?

After all, the majority of immigrant households in the U.S. receive welfare benefits – including 71 percent of households with illegal immigrant parents and American-born “anchor babies”.

While other classes of immigrants face various limits on how much mooching they can do and when they can qualify, political refugees like the Tsarnaev family get the gold card treatment from day one: once their asylum status is validated, welfare concierges at the State Department waltz them through the paperwork maze of programs such as food stamps, Supplemental Security Income, Section 8 housing subsidies, Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.  And those are just the Federal programs – individual states offer a plethora of other goodies.

Indeed, it’s puzzling why the amount of benefits reportedly consumed by the Tsarnaev family is so low.  Given that they were a family of six – the parents, the two bombers and two sisters – I’d estimate the true number is closer to $400,000.  Add to that the costs to taxpayers of educating the four Tsarnaev children and we’re looking at $800,000 – $80,000 per year.

Quite a bonanza for a family that came here from Kyrgyzstan, a country with an average per-capita income of $1,296.

There’s much thumb-sucking in the media about why the Bomber Brothers might have turned so violently against the country that extended such generous refuge.

But that’s not the real question.

The real question is why we let them come here in the first place.

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  1. Ned Zeppelin permalink

    My precise first thoughts as I gazed upon the media’s unveiling of their living conditions and lifestyles: who the heck is paying for all this? The wife of the deceased bomber working as a home health aide or whatever? Even 80 hours a week of that would not fund their basic living expenses and tuition, let alone their monthly budget for pressure cookery utensils, gunpowder, ball bearings, wiring, Mercedes Benzes, booze and weed (well, the younger brother anyway), Jihadist Monthly magazine subscriptions, and other miscellaneous sundries.

  2. As soon as I heard they were political refugees, I opened up my calculator. The only employment we’ve learned about was the father’s freelance auto repair, the mother’s freelance facials and the younger brother’s gig as a part-time lifeguard – from which he was fired for failing to show up. Clearly, the bulk of their income came from the pockets of taxpayers.

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