Los Angeles County is on track to pay out roughly $650 million in welfare benefits to illegal alien parents in 2013, county officials said Monday.

The figures, which come via the Department of Public Social Services, show that approximately $376 million in combined CalWORKs and food stamps benefits were doled out through July to illegal alien parents for their native-born children, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich made the announcement.

The California county pays out roughly $54 million in welfare payments each month, according to official data. Of that amount, approximately $20 million comes from CalWORKs and roughly $34 million comes from food stamp issuances, the report adds.

Of the 60,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County, approximately 100,000 children receive aid, said Antonovich.

He adds that estimates for 2013, which are up $1 million from 2012’s $53 million per month benefit payments, show the importance of the national debate on immigration.

“When you add the $550 million for public safety and nearly $500 million for healthcare, the total cost for illegal immigrants to county taxpayers exceeds $1.6 billion dollars a year,” said Antonovich.

“These costs do not even include the hundreds of millions of dollars spent annually for education.”

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