Talk about expensive dreams.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that letting illegal immigrants who came to America as children, fondly referred to by the left as “DREAMers,” to legally remain in the United States would cost taxpayers $25.9 billion over the next 10 years, the New York Post reported.
The Democratic Party is quick to point to the economic benefits the U.S. receives from so-called DREAMers who are often in their late 20s or early 30s, but the math does not add up.
According to the CBO, social welfare costs outweigh potential contributions.
More on the cost from The Post:
Many of those who benefited from the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program will be eligible for Medicaid, food stamps, education funding, and other programs, the agency said in a report Friday.
The outlay would total $26.8 billion over the next decade — but the estimated 3.25 million dreamers would contribute only $0.9 billion to the tab, the CBO said.
The Trump White House “rescinded” DACA in September, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying it was an “unconstitutional exercise of authority.”
The president said at the time he’ll allow the policy to continue for six months to give Congress time to act — about 800,000 people could face deportation if the program is not preserved.
The six-month period ends on March 5, 2018.
A large number of illegal immigrant households receive government assistance in one form or another and a 2016 analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies found that these families receive more in benefits than the average American family.
Illegal immigrant households receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits every year, compared to “native” American households, which receive $4,431.
While the pro-illegal immigrant crowd is quick to say undocumented immigrants do not qualify for welfare, food stamps, Medicaid, and other public benefits, families may seek benefits through children born in the U.S. and do take advantage of many public services.
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