Not only are Coulter’s comments insulting, but it is also clear that she doesn’t know very much about the Latino community or immigration. First off, the idea that all undocumented immigrants are “Mexico’s underclass” is false. Latinos account for 80 percent of undocumented immigrants in America, and, obviously, not all of them are from Mexico. Also, no, Latinos aren’t a bunch of lazy people sitting around doing nothing. According to U.S. Census data, Hispanic entrepreneurs opened twice as many businesses as the national average in the 2000s. …

Coulter also incorrectly argues that passing immigration reform will turn America into a “dumping ground for the world’s welfare cases” because Latino immigrants are reliant on welfare. According to a Cato Institute study by Leighton Ku and Brian Bruen, poor immigrants use welfare programs less than native-born Americans, and when poor immigrants do use welfare programs it costs less.

Coulter and others will likely point out that the number is probably low because undocumented immigrants do not qualify for entitlement programs. But the fact that immigrants come to a country knowing that they will not qualify for free government benefits proves that they aren’t in it for the welfare programs. Immigrants come here to work, not to become dependent on the government. They take a huge risk by leaving behind their country, family, and friends in order to come to America. They come here because they are attracted to America’s labor market, not our entitlement programs.