An immigration reform organization argues that taxpayer-funded
websites should be for the benefit of American citizens, not
foreign nationals who are in the country illegally.
The Department of Homeland Security recently launched a website
designed to let legal and illegal immigrants be aware of welfare
and entitlement benefits available from the federal government. The
site WelcomeToUSA.gov provides information on programs like Medicare,
Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps and Temporary Assistance for
Ira Mehlman is a spokesman
for the Federation
for American Immigration Reform. He believes this is an
indication that government programs tend to forget their real
"This is obviously not surprising, given the proclivities of the
Obama administration," he says. "But you also find that these
government agencies tend to view the people who take advantage of
the programs that they have to offer as their constituencies. They
become advocates on their behalf.
"All these government agencies need to understand is that their
primary constituency is the American people."
Mehlman says the government's job should be to protect the
interests of the American public, not to go out and unnecessarily
spend their money.