No, the parent o a US Citizen ("IR5") is not supposed to go on welfare and otherwise cash in on any "means tested benefits", lest he/she triggers the "reimbursement clause" of the Form I-864 Affidavit of Support executed on his/her behalf by his/her US citizen child and otherwise be deemed to be a "public charge" at US taxpayer's expense.
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