Fatima Yousuf
Sep 21, 2017

Welfare for Dreamers

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DACA has been the subject of political turmoil for a while now. Do you believe that Dreamers should be eligible to receive welfare and other benefits from the American government? Would doing so provide incentive for more illegal immigration into the U.S? Would it be considered unfair to immigrants that came in legally who had to wait and struggle to get the benefits of American citizenship?

Rachna Shah
Sep 21, 2017

Currently, DACA recipients are not eligible to collect welfare benefits, though they can receive Social Security and Medicare cards.

Fatima Yousuf
Sep 21, 2017

One of the benefits of DACA is that you can receive Social Security, which qualifies as welfare. In some states, they are eligible to receive financial aid for college as well. In any case, my question was more directed as to whether or not they OUGHT to be eligible for welfare benefits in the first place.

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