Deporting the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would cost nearly $125 billion!
Deporting the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would cost nearly $125 billion, but allowing them to remain in the U.S. could cost taxpayers far more, according to a new report being released Thursday by a think tank that wants to see stricter immigration limits. (Does $10,854 per person seem remotely fair?)
Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, crunched the numbers and found that the current population of illegal immigrants will drain nearly $750 billion from taxpayers over their lifetimes — amounting to six times the deportation costs.
“Sometimes people say look, we couldn’t deport everybody because it’s prohibitively expensive,” Mr. Camarota said. “But if your only concern is fiscal cost, it’s pretty clear that letting them stay is a hell of a lot more expensive.”
An amazing, yet, not too involved synopsis of this current oxymoron. Now then, about building that wall? It would not be so bad with the exception that we’ve been promised the wall and so much more through three separate eight-year administrations. So, what gives and who is making the money?
The researcher said he doesn’t actually support a mass deportation of all illegal immigrants, but said it’s important to spark a conversation about costs and benefits as President Trump vows to step up removals of illegal immigrants who already in the U.S.
Ah, yeah! President Trump and US AG Jeff Sessions have been doing an excellent job, now it is time to rescind the foolish DACA and DAPA programs done by executive order during Obama’s watch.
The crux of Mr. Camarota’s analysis is the nature of illegal immigrants, who are far more likely to be low-skilled, less-educated workers than the native-born population. Though they also don’t have access to some services and benefits reserved for citizens and legal residents, they do get other benefits, such as education.
A report last year by the National Academy of Sciences helped put a dollar figure on the lifetime costs and benefits of immigrants, based on levels of education.
Mr. Camarota adjusted that study for illegal immigrants and concluded that those with advanced degrees are a $424,000 boon to the U.S. over their lifetime, but those who dropped out of high school are a $173,000 drain. Overall, it works out to a net cost to taxpayers of nearly $63,000 per illegal immigrant.
Mr. Camarota’s study also focused only on fiscal calculations and did not account for economic effects such as how the drop-in millions of low-skilled workers would affect certain industries, and thus Americans’ wages and prices they pay.
A study last year by the American Action Forum concluded that deporting all illegal immigrants and stopping unauthorized newcomers would sap the economy of $1 trillion.
This sort of reporting is irresponsible and reckless! I need to see the primary source documentation to verify the figures.
The AAF also said the costs of deporting the universe of illegal immigrants would take 20 years and cost $100 to $300 billion — potentially much higher than Mr. Camarota’s assumptions.
Sure, it is not going to happen overnight, but 20 years seems excessive to me, as does $300 billion to do so. What and where are these advocacy groups getting these costs? Furthermore, what do these entail – buying them a new house, filling the cabinets, or just what?
Look, anyone can find barriers to entry given this mess; however, isn’t Southwest Air offering a discount lately? Send them home the same way they got here. No frills, no chills, no nothing!
Mr. Camarota, though, took the average dollar amount for deportations in 2016 and put the cost at $10,854 per person, or $124.1 billion for the 11 million total. Using numbers from 2012, when authorities set a record for deportations while spending less, the total came to under $6,000 per deportation or $67.6 billion for the total population.
Deportations have ticked up under President Trump, but the rise of sanctuary cities and of migrants choosing to fight their cases every step of the way in immigration courts is making each deportation more expensive as well.