DACA Amnesty Would Increase Number of Anchor Babies on Welfare

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9 January 2018
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The number of anchor babies taking federal welfare benefits “would increase” under an amnesty plan that begins with giving legal status to nearly 800,000 illegal aliens, a report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) finds.

As Breitbart News previously reported, there are an estimated 4.5 million United States-born children who were given birthright citizenship despite at least one of their parents being an illegal alien. These children are commonly known as “anchor babies,” as they are able to eventually bring their foreign relatives to the U.S. legally through the process known as “chain migration.”

This estimate does not include anchor babies over the age of 18 or those who are living abroad with their deported parents.

A CBO report, estimating the impact of giving amnesty to the nearly 800,000 to 3.5 million illegal aliens who are enrolled or eligible for the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, finds that such a plan would end up increasing the number of anchor babies who participate in federal benefit programs every year...

Should a DACA amnesty deal be coupled with cuts to legal immigration levels to give American workers wage increases and an end to the visa lottery, the anchor baby population would continue to rise to at least 600,000 in the next ten years...