This Just In: Illegal Aliens Are Very Expensive for US Taxpayers

Article author: 
Brenda Walker
Article publisher: 
Limits to Growth
Article date: 
25 April 2019
Article category: 
Our American Future
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On Monday, Fox News reporter William La Jeunesse detailed the freebies that illegal aliens get, stolen from the US taxpayer. Several are particularly infuriating, one being the “$1.24 billion in infant delivery expenses” — that’s anchor babies in plain English. Birth auto-citizenship resulted from the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment which was passed after the Civil War to assure citizenship for freed slaves. But now thousands of pregnant foreigners having various legality come to the US to give birth to a baby citizen, even giving rise to a massive birth tourism industry.

Another egregious case of government stupidity is giving work permits to asylum seekers after six months even though the people requesting asylum are almost all illegal aliens looking for a handout, as shown by the vast majority of asylum cases are rejected. DHS figures from last fall showed that fewer than 10 percent of Central Americans claiming asylum had legitimate cases.

Say, whatever happened to America, the once self-proclaimed “nation of laws”?

Here is the La Jeunesse report with more examples that will make your wallet hurt:

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to count self-identified illegal immigrants in the 2020 census. Cities worry adding the citizenship question could undercount 6.5 million people. Their argument, however, isn’t just about political power but billions of dollars in federal funds states expect.
The case underscores what experts say is a growing cost to taxpayers from the surge of Central American families and unaccompanied minors.
“We’re talking about billions of dollars in taxpayer benefits over the next few years,” said Dan Stein, director of the right-leaning think tank, Federation for American Immigration Reform. “The payout for the taxpayer is enormous and income to the Treasury is miniscule.”
A FAIR study in 2017 found illegal immigrants are a net consumer of taxpayer benefits worth more than $100 billion a year, not including the cost of enforcing the border.
While federal benefits are supposed to be off limits, in practice many are not. More than 25,000 undocumented [illegal alien] workers receive subsidized housing, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Children receive free education and most qualify for English lessons and free school breakfast and lunch.
Illegal immigrants do not qualify for Obamacare but under federal law, hospitals and clinics are required to provide urgent medical care without regard to legal status. Pregnant women are entitled to prenatal and postpartum care under the Women, Infants and Children program. Infant delivery costs are paid for by Medicaid. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a federal-state immigrant insurance program cost $2 billion a year in emergency treatment, not including the $1.24 billion in infant delivery expenses.
Illegal immigrants are not entitled to food stamps, but families with U.S.-born children are. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 31% of such families use the SNAP program and more than 50% of Central American families in the U.S. use at least one welfare program.
This is especially true of asylum seekers said Art Arthur, a former immigration judge now with the Center for Immigration Studies, an immigration think tank. Arthur said because there is a three to five year lag time between apprehension and court appearance, young asylum seekers put down roots, allowing many to access programs they are initially unaware or afraid to use....
Recognizing that many illegal workers fill jobs communities need, 26 states offer them *state-funded* benefits. New York state offers up to $300 a month in cash assistance. Eleven states offer free or subsidized medical and hospital care. California offers food stamps, legal services and benefits for those over 65 or disabled. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently asked for an extra $50 million from lawmakers to serve the state’s illegal immigrant population.
Such sanctuary states and immigrant-friendly [and illegal alien-friendly] cities are an obvious draw, but others say it is all about finding work not using benefits.
The Current Population Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2018 found Central American families may struggle financially in the U.S. but they work (76%) at high rates than native-born Americans (73%)....
Up to 70% of immigrants [illegal aliens] apprehended at the border this fiscal year are families or unaccompanied minors claiming asylum. Unlike other border crossers, after six months asylum seekers qualify for work permits and most taxpayer subsidies. But because most are unskilled and uneducated, they earn minimum wage or less....
U.S. officials expect a million additional illegal immigrants this fiscal year, as the Border Patrol is currently apprehending up to 4,000 a day. Most will claim asylum, entitling them to government benefits.