The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently launched a website designed to advertise welfare and entitlement benefits to legal and illegal aliens. “Depending on your immigration status, length of time in the United States, and income,” the website says, “you may be eligible for some federal benefit programs.” (Welcome to USA Government Benefits Webpage, Nov. 20, 2012)

Created to remedy “a lack of information about how to access such benefits” and counter “complicated and…misleading information,” the website explains how to access federal benefits and promotes such programs to legal and illegal aliens. Federal benefits listed on the website include Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), among others. (Id.)

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) spokesman Bill Wright, “the website seeks to improve access to federal government information on the Internet by consolidating information into helpful categories and highlight new resources available to immigrants and the organizations that serve them.” (Daily Caller, Nov. 18, 2012)