by Julia Hahn
24 Aug 2015
Advocates for mass-migration are using skewed financial claims to smear Donald Trump’s popular border proposals, which actually would help revive the near-bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs.
For every illegal migrant household that leaves the United States under Trump’s plan, Americans would recoup nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($719,350), according to 2010 data collected by Heritage scholar Robert Rector.
The lifetime savings accrued from one deported illegal household would provide funds for 125 low-income inner city students to receive the maximum Pell Grant award in 2015-2016 ($5,775); it could cover the cost of pre-kindergarten for 90 at-risk children (around $8,000 per child); or it could cover the one year cost of Medicaid for 124 enrollees ($5,790 based on FY2011 data).
But business interests want the migrants to stay. That’s because migrants help lower the cost of Americans’ wages, but also because the migrants spend their wages — plus taxpayer aid — at retail stories and rental agencies.
For example, the American Action Forum (AAF), a business-backed pro-amnesty group, claims that legal costs and forced migration would spike the cost of Trump’s plan up to $300 billion to arrest and remove all illegal immigrants living in the United States. The AAF was founded by Fred Malek, who co-founded and chairs a hospitality investment company whose hotels employ many low skilled migrants.
AAF’s cost projections have been trumpeted by many in the mainstream media such as NBC and Fox News.
In reality, “a modest increase in enforcement (such as E-verify or visa tracking) would cause significant attrition in the illegal population– sending millions of illegals home on their own at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer.” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies.
There’s good evidence for Vaughan’s argument. “Arizona’s population of unauthorized immigrants of working age fell by about 17 percent” in the course of a single year, after the state began to enforce E-verify, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
The claim from Malek’s AAF also ignores the financial savings caused by the return of migrants to their home countries.
Illegal migrants cost U.S. taxpayers a net total of nearly $100 billion annually, concluded a 2010 investigation by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
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The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on US Taxpayers
July 2010 (Revised 2011)
Thirteen years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes — not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. The major welfare programs examined in this report include cash assistance, food assistance, Medicaid, and public and subsidized housing.
Absolutely! That's where I came up with the $1.4 Trillion minimum to ship them all back. Taxpayers like me will not see our retirements swindled away by the Democrats quest for more usurped power using illegals as their "new party base" beholding to them to deliver move unearned and unnecessary "Entitlements".
Wow ! we could rent a lot of busses to take them back across the border for that kind of money. I support Trump all the way. The other benefit is that a lot of gangs and terrorists hiding in these sanctuary cities would also be caught up in the net and deported. Great plan . Start loading them up.
how much does voting out incumbents save taxpayers
Roy.....Countless hours of frustration trying to convince them to put Americans first in our country!!!
about the same amount.
I find it odd that the left is always saying illegals pay millions in taxes. How is that possible when hiring an illegal is in itself a violation of the law.??
I have always wondered why the Democrat's mascot is a jackass?
This one would be more accurate:
I am so tired of quoting the $ cost of illegals on the Tea Party chat line I am not going to even try again. They will cost us trillions!!!!
It is not just to lower American wages, these illegals are subsidized by this government that we are paying for. These illegals will all become democrats because they are told the republicans will deport them. There will be no more republicans. And these illegals will not resist tyranny ! Period, Take this welfare money, put it back into Social Security and ship these parasites out of here. It is much cheaper to deport them than to support them. These politicians who think they belong here should sponsor them, not me !