Robert Rector is a leading national authority on poverty, the U.S.welfare system and immigration and is a Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow.

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May 26, 2017, 9:01 AM EDT
The president’s proposed policy requires able-bodied adult recipients to work or prepare for work in exchange for benefits, and restoring minimal fiscal responsibility to state governments for the welfare programs they operate.
December 1, 2016, 9:29 AM EST
Current immigration generates fiscal deficits and creates little to no economic gain.
November 4, 2016, 2:41 PM EDT
Nat'l Academy of Sciences details long-term costs to taxpayers if amnesty implemented.
September 22, 2016, 8:50 AM EDT
First generation immigrants as a group increase the nation’s fiscal deficit, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
September 13, 2016, 3:51 PM EDT
43.1 million Americans lived in poverty in 2015.
February 9, 2016, 9:47 AM EST
One trillion dollars—that’s how much the government spent last year on means-tested welfare aid, providing cash, food, housing, medical care, and social services to poor and low-income individuals. The food stamp program is the nation’s second largest welfare program.
February 16, 2015, 11:02 AM EST
Fifty-one years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched the War on Poverty. Since then, taxpayers have spent more than $22 trillion fighting Johnson’s war, three times the cost of all military wars in U.S. history.
September 16, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty.