Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

What about the needs of Americans?

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By Ray Hanania

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It’s amazing how America is being forced to accept migrants, undocumented and foreigners who enter this country illegally by ignoring our immigration laws and system.

These illegals are given all kinds of benefits, including housing, shelter, food, funding and even “documentation services” including getting driver’s licenses from Gov. JB Pritzker.

Their plight seems horrible and they are played up in the news media as being urgently in need of our help.

An analysis presented to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Jan. 11, 2024 by Steven A. Camarota, director of Research Center for Immigration Studies, estimates that each illegal alien receives about $68,000 a year in income and benefits, in addition to welfare benefits. More than 59% of illegal immigrants rely on welfare-funded services, compared to 39% of U.S.-born households.

Overall, the United States spends more than $42 billon a year on illegal immigrants for food, Medicaid, housing and other forms of support.

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Children of illegal aliens are given special privileges and status and receive funds and support under DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

But what is Gov. Pritzker and this country doing for American citizens who are worse off in the U.S, who have no homes, live in shelters with minimal services and very few benefits, if any?

There are more than 30,600 Affordable Assisted Living Facilities (AALF) in America where millions of American citizens who are poor, homeless, indigent and mostly seniors are forced to live because they can’t work and barely survive only on meager Social Security payments. These “Supportive Living Communities” provide cramped “dormitories” for the poor and abandoned, homeless and thrown away American citizens.

Most suffer from schizophrenia or other disabilities, and few have family and relatives who can help them or who stay in touch bringing them some money. The majority are abandoned and left to die in the centers and never see anyone, not a friend or a relative.

The typical AALF for a senior or homeless person may house as many as 200 to 600 people, two people per room. Each room is about 10 feet wide and 20 feet long. The rooms have one bed with a draw-screen separating them. They have a small table where “residents” can place a TV, if they can afford it, and connect it to the Internet. They share public showers and toilets.

Their clothes are barely washed. Most of what they have comes from donations. The AALF provide soap and plates of food to eat.

They survive on a breakfast of eggs and a muffin, a lunch sandwich, usually ham on white bread, and a dinner, usually fried chicken or ham slices with mashed potatoes. They also get a liquid drink, either milk, orange juice or water.

The residents receive minimal healthcare through Medicaid. Very few of the centers have programs for the residents. Depending on where the centers are located — most are in poor and low-income neighborhoods and communities — residents can leave the centers to hang out in nearby malls.

But because they are poor and rarely have more than a few pieces of clothing that rarely get washed, they are often thrown out of the stores.

Their big moment is the “cigarette break” that comes several times each day.

In Cook County, a carton of cigarettes (10 packs) costs about $170, although many unscrupulous gas stations in the poorest communities charge more than $200, knowing the poor do much of the smoking.

Read more on this topic at hanania.com.

1 Comment

  1. Anitra L Grady on June 22, 2024 at 7:14 am

    I agree 💯 percent!
    You have a valid point.
    You mentioned the governor idiotic decisions, pleased not forget the mayor idiotic decisions.
    Our city will become Detroit, if we stay on this path.



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