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Illegal Aliens: Extent of Welfare Benefits Received on Behalf of U.S. Citizen Children

HEHS-98-30 Published: Nov 19, 1997. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 1997.
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Pursuant to a legislative mandate, GAO provided information on the extent to which means-tested public benefits are provided to illegal aliens for the use of eligible individuals, focusing on: (1) the extent and the locations that selected federal means-tested benefits are being provided to illegal aliens for use by their U.S. citizen children; and (2) the nature and extent of fraud or misrepresentation detected in connection with these benefits.

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