Cubans retire to Florida – with help from U.S. taxpayers

by Megan O'Matz, Sally Kestin and John Maines | Sun Sentinel  |  published on October 12, 2015


More Cubans are coming to Florida in their golden years to retire, able to tap U.S. government assistance even though they never lived or worked here.

The number of Cubans arriving over the age of 60 grew fivefold since 2010, according to state refugee data. At least 185 made the crossing in their 80s or 90s.

Unlike most other immigrants, Cubans qualify immediately for food stamps and Medicaid. If they are over 65 with little or no income, they also can collect a monthly check of up to $733 in Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

  • Rose Boltz

    The foreigners view the US as an ATM for their relief.

  • Rose Boltz

    United States is a give away to any one but its own citizens. We have worked hard our whole lives and can collect a small amount each month. Stranger comes to our shores and they roll out the red carpet and give them the money we worked for. This is lunacy, what is wrong with our government?

  • onlynobody

    THAT HOW THE CUBAN COKE DEALERS CAME HERE TO RETIRE.AS DID THE SANDINISTA AND CONTRA DRUG CARTELS.TRADE INFO FOR A HOUSE AND FUNDS IN FLA.

  • onlynobody

    CRUZ THE CANADIAN BORN SON OF A CASTRO KILLER CUBAN = WET FOOT DRY FOOT AND THEY ARE CITIZENS, WHO NEVER HAVE TO WORK.. UNLIKE THE UNDOCUMENTED, WHO WORK 15HRS DAYS, 7 DAYS A WK, FOR 25$ A MONTH.. THATS THE JOB YOU ALL CLAIM THEY TOOK.. SO GO GET THEM BACK, IF YOU WISH TO WORK ON YOUR KNEES LIKE THAT, OR SEE LETTUCE GO FROM .99 CENTS A LB TO 10.00$ PER POUND. FROM FARMER PAYING MIN WAGE, AND COMP, PLUS, PLUS PLUS.. KICK EM OUT WE STARVE, BUT WHO CARES THE FDA WILL BE DE-FUNDED OUT OF EXISTENCE SO THE ILLNESSES WILL NEVER BE CAUGHT.TILL HUNDREDS ARE DEAD OR DYING..

    • Ludlow Porch

      Your RANTING, will solve this problem.

    • Denise ogrady

      Ok, you pay their way! I don’t want to!

    • Kathy Sessler

      I am as my husband and sons are natural born citizens. As my parents and there parents are too. One of my sons worked right beside these illegals. They all were paid by the bushels. My son used the outhouse to do his business while illegals went right next to where they were working. While my son was gone the illegals would Rob his bushels. Plus they didn’t loose time it took to walk to and fro the bathroom break. So yes there are other ways farmers pay the same even cheaters. But I say we should have our farms and prisons work together. Have the prisoners work for the farmers.

      • onlynobody

        Well thought out response ty. just increase security cuz a few lately have just walked away (escaped) but other than that excellent idea

  • Pam

    Let me tell you a story. I had two brothers-in-law who only ever worked for a municipal government and therefore never paid in to Social Security. Both were forced into early retirement due to health issues. Because of their health issues, they never had enough money to subsist, let alone live. Now, both of their parents paid in to Social Security from its beginning and all their adult lives, both worked into their 70’s and their mother didn’t even collect for a year before she died. Also, all of their god-parents worked and paid in to SS and never had children of their own. So, there is ALL THAT MONEY PAID IN WITH LITTLE COMING OUT. Yet, when my brothers-in-law approached the SS admin. requesting some medical assistance, they were denied ANY HELP AT ALL, BECAUSE THEY NEVER PAID IN.
    Every time I see stories like this, it makes my blood boil We, the tax payers are CONSTANTLY TOLD THERE IS NO MONEY, SS IS BROKE. I would like to know exactly how many people paid how much in to SS and then never lived to collect a dime or died before they had anywhere near even collected what they had paid in. And how many political reward jobs there are in the SS admin. where flunkies and relatives get paid to sit on their butts doing nothing?
    NO NON-CITIZEN SHOULD EVER RECEIVE ANY MORE FROM THE TAXPAYERS OF THIS COUNTRY THAN WHAT IT TAKES TO BUY THEM A ONE-WAY TICKET BACK WHENCE THEY CAME.

    • Linda Palucci

      I agree with all you saide Pam, My husband paid in and he died when he was 55, so he didn’t collect either. I’m so fed up with non citizens milking our benefits, makes no sense at all. Bet I couldn’t go over to cuba and get supposed.

      • Pam

        I’m so sorry for your loss. God Bless and Keep you.

  • Blackbeard’s Ghost

    Just my opinion, but ANYONE here who is NOT a legal Citizen should NOT, under ANY circumstances, be automatically eligible for ANY Federal assistance programs, especially Social Security and Medicare, which we, the CITIZENS worked and paid for most of our lives. Immigrants and refugees who come here should be given assistance for 120 days to allow them to find work and housing or to find a citizen who is willing to sponsor them, and ALL immigrants should be taught English during that time.The Democrats, who are flooding our Country with “immigrants” should not be allowed to change election outcomes by adding illegals and non-citizens to the population count so as to garner more Electoral College votes based on population. (This is being done as I write this!) There should be a new LAW passed that states:
    ‘ If someone is NOT a legal Citizen, they SHALL NOT not be counted as members of the State’s population for the purpose of voting, and SHALL NOT vote in any election. ALL voters shall have a State issued photo ID on which their citizenship status is noted prior to voting in ANY election.’
    This is NOT a “racist” issue, it is a necessity to prevent the take-over of our Government by outside influences.This single law would stop the defiling of our “Democratic Process” of elections. Any individual that says it is a “burden” on the people to have such an ID is a liar and a fool. You MUST have a photo ID to buy a BUS TICKET!

    • onlynobody

      THEY PAY SOCIAL SECURITY BUT NOT ONE HAS RECEIVED AND THATS A CHECK AND RE-CHECKED FACT, PEOPLE GLOSS OVER BY HATE.

      • Ludlow Porch

        You are a fool! I live in Florida and these Cubanos receive SSI and other so called entitlements! They have never PAID into SSI or paid taxes of any kind, period!

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