Heritage expert Robert Rector testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the real cost to taxpayers of President Obama’s unilateral amnesty (link in PDF):
Illegal immigrants, as a group, historically have received around $2.50 in total government benefits for every $1.00 in taxes paid. The resulting fiscal burden has been limited because they are barred from receiving Social Security, Medicare and most means-tested welfare.
The Obama executive action removes that bar, granting a large portion of illegal immigrants full access to Social Security and Medicare and increased access to means-tested welfare. This will substantially increase the already vast burden on U.S.taxpayers
Rector has calculated how much the average beneficiary of the amnesty, known as Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents, or DAPA, will receive from federal entitlement and welfare programs. He found some startling answers. Rush Limbaugh cited some of these figures on his show:
Based on Rector’s calculations, which assume that at least 3.97 illegal immigrants would apply for and receive legal status under [DAPA], and that the average DAPA beneficiary would have a 10th grade education,” the costs would be $1.3 trillion for, again, Social Security and Medicare benefits of illegal immigrant beneficiaries.
Do you think taxpayers should bear the burden of granting amnesty to illegal immigrants?