Fact: Low-income non-citizen children and adult immigrants utilize public assistance at a lower rate than comparable low-income native-born citizen children and adults, and the average value of public benefits received per person is generally lower for non-citizens than for natives. What’s more, non-citizen immigrants have many restrictions put on their eligibility for public benefits such as Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), SNAP, cash assistance and SSI. Eligibility rules are the toughest for arriving immigrants. Undocumented immigrants have no eligibility except for emergency services. In fact, immigrants are more likely to participate in the workforce than native citizens.
Source: CATO Institute