Justin, even minimal public assistance is better than what many immigrants (legal or otherwise) ever saw in their old countries. You are right, it's bupkies, and you won't desire it since you work. THink again. Coming here from 50% unemployment, poor and cruel life, any handout will seem like a jackpot. Later on, they look around and - gee - I want to be like the Joneses! Then you either start working or start gaming the system.