WASHINGTON, August 1, 2014 — Congress is expected to take off on their annual five-week, wow we worked hard and deserve this, recess / vacation. However, separate House and Senate bills addressing the migrants at the border have failed and President Obama is not getting the funds he wants to deal with the issue. It is important to recognize that both Republicans and Democrats realized immigration needs a solution.
About six-in-ten Republicans and independents (61% each) say passage of new immigration legislation is highly important up from 46% and 44%, respectively, in February. Among Democrats, there has been virtually no change in opinion about the importance of passing a new immigration bill (63% extremely/very important today, 60% in February).
Reports are that for the 36,000 immigrants that have entered the US since January 1, American taxpayers have funded $518,092,034.00 to house illegal unaccompanied migrant children. This does not include the cost of health care, returning persons to their country of origin, shipping them deeper in the United States or efforts by Border Patrol to watch those slipping across the border.
Heritage.org offers a long term cost of the illegal immigrant that is frightening beyond the pale:
The typical unlawful immigrant is 34 years old. After amnesty, this individual will receive government benefits, on average, for 50 years. Restricting access to benefits for the first 13 years after amnesty therefore has only a marginal impact on long-term costs. If amnesty is enacted, the average adult unlawful immigrant would receive $592,000 more in government benefits over the course of his remaining lifetime than he would pay in taxes. Over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes. They would generate a lifetime fiscal deficit (total benefits minus total taxes) of $6.3 trillion. (All figures are in constant 2010 dollars.) This should be considered a minimum estimate. It probably understates real future costs because it undercounts the number of unlawful immigrants and dependents who will actually receive amnesty and underestimates significantly the future growth in welfare and medical benefits. The debate about the fiscal consequences of unlawful and low-skill immigration is hampered by a number of misconceptions. Few lawmakers really understand the current size of government and the scope of redistribution. The fact that the average household gets $31,600 in government benefits each year is a shock. The fact that a household headed by an individual with less than a high school degree gets $46,600 is a bigger one.
That is $518,092,034.00 just to house children now while trying to figure out what to do with a problem that was, in many minds, created for no other reason that to force America to act on an immigration reform bill that would give millions of illegal immigrants in the US and coming into the US citizenship.
Citizenship that would allow them to vote, a conspiracist might say. Citizenship that would swell the Democratic base. If we allow President Obama to continue his course, according to Heritage.org, it will add an additional $6.3 trillion to our debt that is already crushing us. And the report clearly states this is a minimum estimate.
Some lies to America debunked by Heritage.org are:
Unlawful immigrants will make Social Security solvent:
It is true that unlawful immigrants currently pay FICA taxes and would pay more after amnesty, but with average earnings of $24,800 per year, the typical unlawful immigrant will pay only about $3,700 per year in FICA taxes. After retirement, that individual is likely to draw more than $3.00 in Social Security and Medicare (adjusted for inflation) for every dollar in FICA taxes he has paid.
Immigrant children will be strong contributors to America:
Even if all the children of unlawful immigrants graduated from college, they would be hard-pressed to pay back $6.3 trillion in costs over their lifetimes. Of course, not all the children of unlawful immigrants will graduate from college. Data on intergenerational social mobility show that, although the children of unlawful immigrants will have substantially better educational outcomes than their parents, these achievements will have limits.
Only 13 percent are likely to graduate from college, for example. Because of this, the children, on average, are not likely to become net tax contributors. The children of unlawful immigrants are likely to remain a net fiscal burden on U.S. taxpayers, although a far smaller burden than their parents.
Increasing the number of workers will bolster our economy:
Unlawful immigration appears to depress the wages of low-skill U.S.-born and lawful immigrant workers by 10 percent, or $2,300, per year. Unlawful immigration also probably drives many of our most vulnerable U.S.-born workers out of the labor force entirely. Unlawful immigration thus makes it harder for the least advantaged U.S. citizens to share in the American dream.
This is wrong; public policy should support the interests of those who have a right to be here, not those who have broken our laws.
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