Forget the massive costs of Border Patrol and immigration courts. Forget the cost of a border barrier America desperately needs.
Illegal alien freeloaders cost U.S. taxpayers over $100 billion in federal ‘assistance’ each year.
The numbers have become crucial because this week, the Supreme Court will decide on whether the 2020 census will include a citizenship questions (as it historically has).
Democrats scream that the question could cost them billions of dollars in federal aid, and they’re right.
Americans are sick and tired of footing the bill for invaders who come across the border illegally and then expect free food, free housing, free schooling, and free healthcare.
“We’re talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years,” said Dan Stein, director of the right-leaning think tank, Federation for American Immigration Reform. “The payout for the taxpayer is enormous and income to the Treasury is miniscule.”
Fox News reported:
While federal benefits are supposed to be off limits, in practice many are not. More than 25,000 undocumented workers receive subsidized housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Children receive free education and most qualify for English lessons and free school breakfast and lunch.
Illegal immigrants do not qualify for Obamacare but under federal law, hospitals and clinics are required to provide urgent medical care without regard to legal status.
Pregnant women are entitled to prenatal and postpartum care under the Women, Infants and Children program. Infant delivery costs are paid for by Medicaid.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a federal-state immigrant insurance program cost $2 billion a year in emergency treatment, not including the $1.24 billion in infant delivery expenses.
Illegal immigrants are not entitled to food stamps, but families with U.S.-born children are. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 31% of such families use the SNAP program and more than 50% of Central American families in the U.S. use at least one welfare program.
This is especially true of asylum seekers said Art Arthur, a former immigration judge now with the Center for Immigration Studies, an immigration think tank.
Arthur said because there is a three to five year lag time between apprehension and court appearance, young asylum seekers put down roots, allowing many to access programs they are initially unaware or afraid to use.
“You’re going to buy a house, get a job, have kids,” he said. “So their entire life changes, and that means their claim changes. Because of a lack of a bright line for immigration judges, appeals are endless and people don’t leave.”
Recognizing that many illegal workers fill jobs communities need, 26 states offer them *state-funded* benefits.
New York state offers up to $300 a month in cash assistance. Eleven states offer free or subsidized medical and hospital care.
California offers food stamps, legal services and benefits for those over 65 or disabled. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently asked for an extra $50 million from lawmakers to serve the state’s illegal immigrant population.
Up to 70% of immigrants apprehended at the border this fiscal year are families or unaccompanied minors claiming asylum. Unlike other border crossers, after six months asylum seekers qualify for work permits and most taxpayer subsidies. But because most are unskilled and uneducated, they earn minimum wage or less.
“There is a cost for communities for sure,” Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., said last week outside a Salvation Army shelter in Yuma. “Whether it is in uncompensated care in hospitals or the education system in different ways. It has never really been measured, but it is very real.”
U.S. officials expect a million additional illegal immigrants this fiscal year, as the Border Patrol is currently apprehending up to 4,000 a day. Most will claim asylum, entitling them to government benefits.
This is ridiculous and outrageous. Many people are praying that the Supreme Court rules justly, not for the benefit of illegal invaders, but for the benefit of U.S. citizens.