Checking Amnesty Applications Would Cost $20 Billion

Article subtitle: 
What Would It Cost to Really Check an Amnesty Application?
Article author: 
David North
Article publisher: 
Center for Immigration Studies
Article date: 
2 April 2013
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

If the United States were to have yet another amnesty program for illegal aliens... what should the fee be for really checking each application? Currently United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges $465 to process (rubber-stamp?) the applications for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the administration's on-going amnesty for some under-31 illegal aliens.

The scrutiny in this program is so skimpy that while, as of March 14, 2013, more than 450,000 applications had been filed (and more than 245,000 had been approved), USCIS had yet to announce the denial of a single one of them.

Since all applications should be examined with care, and bearing in mind some illegals have more complex cases than others, there is a need for a sliding scale of fees for any future amnesty to reflect the real costs of checking each application carefully.

These are rough estimates of the costs for each applying illegal alien:

  • $917 each for the processing of the simplest, cleanest applications;
  • A sliding scale for more difficult ones, up to a total of $2,612 at the extreme;
  • Varying medical examination fees will also be charged, something like $200;
  • The estimated average administrative cost would be about $2,000 per amnesty applicant. Multiplying that by 10 million applicants would yield a total administrative cost of $20 billion;

...Will the United States, generally, benefit from the legalization of millions of more low-skilled workers when we have some 20 million legal residents unemployed?...