The Heritage Foundation, headed by former Sen. Jim DeMint, recently concluded an analysis of the Immigration Reform bill being pushed by the Gang of 8 and the results are economically devastating. The legalization of 11 million illegal aliens will suck the very life out of many of our benefit and welfare programs.
They looked at four categories of benefits:
1) Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation, all of which are direct benefits they would receive.
2) Welfare benefits where they found over 80 different programs that would cost nearly $900 billion dollars a year.
3) Next they looked at the cost of public education which they calculated to run $12,300 per student per year. This cost is generally free or subsidized for lower income families.
4) They looked at the costs of population based services. These services include things like police and fire departments, highways and roads, parks and recreation, and other local and state provided services.
Believe it or not, the average cost per household in America for all of these different government benefits and services added up to $31,584 in 2010 for just the four categories listed above.
The study goes on to break down costs in many areas and then it also calculates the approximate taxes that the 11 million illegals will pay over their lifetimes once they become legal. You can read the rest of the details here. The bottom line is that the 11 million illegals to legals will receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services. They will pay an estimated $3.1 trillion in taxes. That leaves a net cost of $6.3 trillion.
Are we willing to add $6.3 million to the national debt just to give legal amnesty to 11 million people who violated federal law by entering the United States illegally? If you answered yes, then please explain where the government is going to get the $6.3 trillion to cover to this debt?
Honestly, I believe the situation is worse than what the Heritage Foundation reported. The legalization of 11 million illegal PLUS an approval to allow another 1 million immigrants to come to the US to take jobs from American citizens will further weaken our economy and make the job market worse than it is now. More Americans will lose their jobs to these illegals. Then they’ll lost their homes and families. The repercussions will be utterly devastating to the overall US economy making the net cost of the immigration reform bill to be significantly more than the $6.3 trillion predicted by the Heritage Foundation.