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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Many Costs of Obama’s Amnesty

Since the costs of Obama’s executive amnesty will come due after he leaves the White House, it seems he doesn’t care just how high those costs will be. But Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation has added up the many costs of Obama’s Amnesty and they are horrendous. Rector told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in March that the lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits paid to the millions of illegal aliens obtaining legal status will be about 1.3 trillion dollars. Rector’s calculation is based on his assumption that nearly 4 million illegal aliens will receive legal status under Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

These aliens, according to Robert Rector’s calculations, would receive $7.8 billion every year once they get access to the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable Additional Child Tax Credit. Those recipients will also be allowed to claim credit for three years of illegal work, which socks U.S. taxpayers for another $23.5 billion. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed this when he told Congress in February that illegals who didn’t pay taxes, or who used fake Social Security numbers, will nevertheless be able to claim back-refunds once they get new Social Security numbers under Obama’s amnesty. Mr. Koskinen didn’t know how much these tax refunds will cost. The White House never checked with him before announcing the amnesty.

Many Americans labor under the false assumption that, since most legal and illegal immigrants are hard-working, they therefore do not depend on welfare assistance. In fact, as Robert Rector patiently explains, most welfare benefits go to households with children headed by a low-income employed adult. These welfare benefits plus other goodies, such as EITC cash, will surely encourage increased illegal immigration in the future.

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