The Amnesty gang has been dreading the Heritage report. The last Heritage report helped put the ax to Bush’s amnesty. This one may finish off Rubio’s amnesty.
The Heritage report is in and the news is really bad for Americans and Amnesty advocates. The Heritage findings are less about amnesty, than they are about the overall cost of importing large numbers of unskilled or low-skilled immigrants into a welfare state that gives everything to those who either don’t work or don’t move up the ladder. It applies not just to the amnesty, but since the amnesty is one huge whopping form of legalization, the results are explosive.
In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Amnesty would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. The fiscal deficit for each household would soar.
During the interim phase immediately after amnesty, tax payments would increase more than government benefits, and the average fiscal deficit for former unlawful immigrant households would fall to $11,455.
At the end of the interim period, unlawful immigrants would become eligible for means-tested welfare and medical subsidies under Obamacare. Average benefits would rise to $43,900 per household; tax payments would remain around $16,000; the average fiscal deficit (benefits minus taxes) would be about $28,000 per household.
Amnesty would also raise retirement costs by making unlawful immigrants eligible for Social Security and Medicare, resulting in a net fiscal deficit of around $22,700 per retired amnesty recipient per year.
If you don’t want to read through all those numbers, imagine a car going off a cliff. Now imagine it going over a cliff twice as fast. That’s amnesty. And it’s only a part of amnesty.
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