Sun-Sentinel Investigation: U.S. Welfare Funds Flow to Cuba

Thursday, October 1, 2015
Click here to read the entire investigative report.

Also, note in the graphs how the numbers have dramatically risen since Obama's new policy was announced on December 17th, 2014.

From The Sun-Sentinel:

U.S. welfare flows to Cuba

They’re taking benefits from the American taxpayer to subsidize their life in another country.”

Cuban immigrants are cashing in on U.S. welfare and returning to the island, making a mockery of the decades-old premise that they are refugees fleeing persecution at home.

Some stay for months at a time — and the U.S. government keeps paying.

Cubans’ unique access to food stamps, disability money and other welfare is meant to help them build new lives in America. Yet these days, it’s helping some finance their lives on the communist island.

America’s open-ended generosity has grown into an entitlement that exceeds $680 million a year and is exploited with ease. No agency tracks the scope of the abuse, but a Sun Sentinel investigation found evidence suggesting it is widespread.

Fed-up Floridians are reporting their neighbors and relatives for accepting government aid while shuttling back and forth to the island, selling goods in Cuba, and leaving their benefit cards in the U.S. for others to use while they are away.

Some don’t come back at all. The U.S. has continued to deposit welfare checks for as long as two years after the recipients moved back to Cuba for good, federal officials confirmed.