How much does welfare for 1 percenters cost?

Oh not that much, just $134 billion

Federal help.
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Welfare-shaming immigrants is the new hotness in conservative policy circles.

For instance, the right-wing Center for Immigration Studies recently released two studies finding that about half of immigrant households, both legal and unauthorized, use means-tested government benefits like food stamps and Medicaid, while only 30 percent of native-born people do.

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