Cracking Down on Immigration

February 3, 1995 • Volume 5, Issue 5
Should government benefits and services be cut off?
By Kenneth Jost


Widespread public concern with the growth in immigration has led to increasing pressure to eliminate or limit government benefits and services for both illegal and legal immigrants. In California, voters in November overwhelmingly approved Proposition 187, a measure that bars undocumented aliens from public schools, health clinics and social service agencies. In Washington, House Republicans are proposing to bar legal immigrants from 60 federal assistance programs. Critics of liberal immigration policies say the moves will save money and reduce the flow of illegal aliens into the country. But immigration advocacy groups say that illegal aliens are already ineligible for most welfare and education benefits and that working- age, legal immigrants often get less government assistance than U.S. natives.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Immigration and Naturalization
Mar. 19, 2021  Immigration Overhaul
Feb. 24, 2017  Immigrants and the Economy
Sep. 02, 2016  U.S.-Mexico Relations
Oct. 23, 2015  Immigrant Detention
Sep. 27, 2013  Border Security
Mar. 09, 2012  Immigration Conflict
Dec. 2010  Europe's Immigration Turmoil
Sep. 19, 2008  America's Border Fence
Feb. 01, 2008  Immigration Debate Updated
May 04, 2007  Real ID
May 06, 2005  Illegal Immigration
Jul. 14, 2000  Debate Over Immigration
Jan. 24, 1997  The New Immigrants
Feb. 03, 1995  Cracking Down on Immigration
Sep. 24, 1993  Immigration Reform
Apr. 24, 1992  Illegal Immigration
Jun. 13, 1986  Immigration
Dec. 10, 1976  Illegal Immigration
Dec. 13, 1974  The New Immigration
Feb. 12, 1964  Immigration Policy Revision
Feb. 06, 1957  Immigration Policy
Nov. 27, 1951  Emigration from Europe
Feb. 09, 1945  Immigration to Palestine
Sep. 30, 1940  Forced Migrations
Apr. 18, 1939  Immigration and Deportation
Jul. 27, 1931  Deportation of Aliens
Mar. 12, 1929  The National-Origin Immigration Plan
Aug. 19, 1927  Immigration from Canada and Latin America
Nov. 01, 1926  Quota Control and the National Origin System
Jul. 12, 1924  Immigration and its Relation to Political and Economic Theories and Party Affiliation
Bilingual and Multicultural Education
Immigration and Naturalization
Welfare and Welfare Reform