Illegal Aliens: A Sense of Entitlement

By Ronald W. Mortensen on July 15, 2010

After years of granting special treatment to illegal aliens, the state of Utah finally got around to accounting for all of the income earned by illegal aliens in a given family when determining eligibility for food stamps.

As ridiculous as it may seem, until now the state did not capture the total earnings of illegal immigrant families, which resulted in illegal aliens qualifying for food stamps for their American-born children while American citizens with the same total income were being denied food stamps for their children.

Of course, this change resulted in the illegal aliens and their advocates complaining about how unfair the system is now that illegal aliens are no longer being treated better than American citizens.

And of course, many illegal aliens immediately turned to the closest food pantry to get free food to make up for the lost food stamps.

The author of an article in the Salt Lake Tribune actually wrote: "But the [illegal alien] families who have showed up at Hildegarde's Pantry at St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City have not understood the bureaucratic changes and wonder if Americans are being given preference over them." (emphasis added)

Americans given preference over illegal aliens? If this is indeed the case then Utah should anticipate that the Obama administration will soon file suit to prevent this discriminatory practice.

And there is no shame here. There is no concern about being in the U.S. illegally. There is no guilt about using fraudulent documents and the stolen identities of Utah children to get jobs. There is no guilt about demanding special treatment.

There is just a sense of entitlement. An entitlement to violate U.S. immigration laws. An entitlement to commit multiple felonies in order to get jobs. An entitlement for handouts either from the government or from private charitable organizations.

This says a lot about Utah and illegal aliens. Utahns have consistently kowtowed to illegal aliens. They have offered them driving privilege cards, in-state college tuition, and full membership in the state's predominant religion along with all the welfare benefits that go along with it.

But this is still not enough for Utah State Senator Luz Robles, who was quick to complain that "not providing food stamps doesn't mean these families' needs are going to diminish. The cost is going to shift somewhere else or there is going to be other social consequences of not having food for people. I'm more concerned about the children. The children are the ones who are impacted. They are the future in the nation."

So, rather than at least pretending to demand self-sufficiency of people who are violating our immigration laws, stealing our kids' identities, and taking seats at public universities required by Utah students, Sen. Robles is focused on extending the social welfare safety net to them.

So much for the myth of the good, hard-working, noble illegal alien who doesn't ask for anything but the opportunity to work.