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Reduce The Cost To The United States By Illegal Immigrants And Refugees

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     Illegal Immigrant(s) and refugee(s) cost the United States in excess of $113 Billion per year. Santuary Cities, Protestors and Advocates who feel that the United States has a duty, moral or humanitarian obligation should personally sign up to financially sponsor/fund an illegal immigrant(s) and thier families or refugee(s) for a life-time and not force the rest of the United States to pay (through taxes) for their choice. Should the sponsor pass away then the responsibility should fall to their next of kin. After all they wanted it.

     Current debates throughout the United States, fueled by the bully pulpits of media opinion editorials (oped’s) and round tables that have involved santuary cities, protestors and advocates' opinion have fanned a fire storm of outrage over Illegal immigration and the surge of refugees into this country. Many of these debates are exhaustively focused on the economic contributions to the United States, arguing that undocumented immigrants and refugee contribute to society, in that undocumented immigrants and refugees pay taxes (sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes, etc.), which is not entirely true. It is true that the IRS issues undocumented immigrant(s) and refugee(s) an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

     In the recent weeks surrounding the inauguration of President Donald Trump, tens if not hundreds of thousands of protestors took to the streets in the United States and around globe, based on the information disseminated by the media in opposition to the construction of a boarder wall, the deportation of illegal immigrants, the repeal or replacement of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and the reduction of refugees from middle east countries.

     In the United States, undocumented immigrants contributed economically, in totality, an estimated 11.64 billion in tax dollars per year. It is worth noting that these tax contributions vary in each state depending on the number of undocumented immigrants (illegals) and refugees. For example, the State of California (with multiple sanctuary cities) has an estimated 3 million undocumented immigrants which contribute 3.1 billion in tax contributions. (Gee, Gardener & Wiehe, 2016) However, there is an adversity to these tax contributions when you take into consideration the totality of expenditures by the United States for each of the undocumented immigrant and refugee. The Federation for American Immigration (FAIR) estimates that the American taxpayer pays approximately 113 billion dollars per year for such things as Education, Medicaid, SCHIP, Justice, Welfare and General Expenditures. Breaking this down sheds light on the individual expenditures associated with taking on just one immigrant or refugee. Please note that this is an average of each expediture category.

     Of the estimated 3.168 undocumented (illegal) students nationwide, 92% are performing at or below a basic level of eduction and the graduation rates pail in contrast to amount of time, effort and money spent to educate them. It is estimated that taxpayers pay 43.9 billion to educate illegal immigrants in 2015-2016 and another 59 billion just to educate students lacking english proficiency before additional courses can begin. Unfortunately, the dismal graduation rates simply cannot justify this expenditure. For example, in the State of New York only 39 % graduate the “Limited English Proficiency” (LEP) on time, In Nevada 24%, Arizona 20%. Taxpayers continue to pay for poor speak individuals. This of course does not include the vast number of languages that the instructors have to learn, to which a majority speak Spanish. Therefore, FAIR estimates that the taxpayer pays on average $12,128 per illegal immigrant student each school year. These figures do not include meal programs in school as they fall under welfare. (Martin & Ruark, 2010) Thus far on Education alone, the United States is 91.26 billion in the hole and attracting poorest educated individuals to this country. Unfortunately, the plaque on the Statue of Liberty states, Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” However, the uneducated is no where to be found. Our schools systems are failing as it is.

      Fortunately, welfare programs are not as accessible to the undocumented immigrant. According to 1996 welfare reform, illegal Immigrates are barred from accessing welfare programs. However, the children born of illegal immigrants in this country can access these programs. So how is it that Illegal immigrants have utilized approximately 62% of the welfare programs? (food, medicaid, cash, housing, etc.) These programs include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance to the Needy Families (TANF), the Women, Infant, and child program (WIC), free or subsidized school lunch, food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP), Medicaid, Public housing and rent subsidies.(Camarota, 2015). According to a recent study, it is estimated that the Medicaid cost of childbirth for an illegal immigrant, cost taxpayers approximately 1.238 billion in one year. Another 1.626 billion in medicaid for the child, free and reduced meal program 2.264 billion, Temporary assistance for needy families 1.030 billion, Housing assistance 637 million, child care & dependent fund 633 million and emergency medical care 250 million. In totality the taxpayer paid a totality of 7.678 billion in welfare benefits to 7.3 million illegal immigrants. (Martin & Ruark, 2010) So let’s do the math...Subsequent total expenditure thus far = 98.938 billion in the hole per year and this doesn't include Judicial, SCHIP or General Expenditures. It is also note worthy that illegal immigrants receive $1,261more in welfare than the American family.

Again, Santuary Cities, Protestors, Advocates who feel that the United States has a duty, moral or humanitarian obligation should personally sign up to financially sponsor/fund an illegal immigrant(s) and thier families or refugee(s) for a life-time and not force the rest of the United States to pay (through taxes) for their choice. Should the sponsor pass away then the responsibility should fall to their next of kin. After all they wanted it.

 

References

Gee, L. C., Gardner, M., & Wiehe, M. (2016). Undocumented Immigrants' State and Local Contributions [Abstract]. Undocumented Immigrants' State and Local Contributions, 1-22. Retrieved from www.itep.org/pdf/immigration2016.pdf

Martin, J., & Ruark, E. A. (2010, July). The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers. Retrieved February 07, 2016, from http:// www.fairus.org/DocServer/research-pub/USCostStudy_2013upd.pdf

Camarota, S. A. (2015, September). Welfare Use by Legal and Illegal Immigrant Households. Retrieved February 07, 2017, from http://cis.org/Welfare-Use Legal-Illegal-Immigrant-Households

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