What Are The Monetary Costs Of Amnesty?

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In my previous posts, I have gone over the risks amnesty presents to the Republican Party as well as Americans’ beliefs on amnesty in general. In this piece, I would like to look briefly into what the economic costs/benefits would be for the country as a whole.

Proponents of amnesty say granting amnesty to illegal immigrants will be a boon for the economy and they will make great economic contributions to the country.  Can this claim be substantiated? One of the most commonly used ways to measure the potential earning power of people is their education level. Therefore, it would seem reasonable to determine the education profile of illegal immigrants.

On basis of the 2010 Census, the Heritage Foundation estimates that “50.7% of illegal immigrant households are headed by people without a high school education. That compares to 9.6% for households of native citizens.”

The same study estimated that “a typical illegal immigrant has only a 10th grade education, half of such households were headed by someone with no high school degree and only 25% have a high school degree.”

“In 2010, an average unlawful immigrant household received about US$14,387 more in benefits than it paid in taxes” according to the Heritage Foundation study. And this is without having access to the over 80 means-tested welfare programs that would be available to them once they were given amnesty.

If Senate bill S. 744 were passed as written, the Heritage Foundation calculates that “benefits received by the newly amnestied immigrants would exceed taxes paid by the same immigrants by US$6.3 trillion dollars over the lifetime of those immigrants.” Let me repeat, US$6.3 trillion.

It is well known that long-term estimates can be far off the mark. But even if one cuts the Heritage Foundation estimate in half, the numbers are frightening. Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on theoretical future numbers to understand how much amnesty could cost us. We have concrete information already.

According to the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, “illegals received 23.6% of welfare spending in Los Angeles, in 2009.”  This is the type of contribution I fear illegal aliens will make once given amnesty. Does that sound like they are contributing a lot to the country? Would that be our future with amnesty?

This brings up a point which needs to be stressed. We know why the Democrat Party is pushing for amnesty. They want a permanent underclass which will give the Democrats a lock on political power. Why, though, are powerful business interests pushing so hard for amnesty and open borders?

The answer is in the above numbers. They want the rest of society, i.e. the middle class, to pay for the social costs of those millions of poorly-educated, low-skilled laborers who will be toiling for wages other Americans will not accept. This is simply another case of transferring the wealth of one group to another, except in this case it will be from the middle class to the rich.

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8 Responses to What Are The Monetary Costs Of Amnesty?

  1. jc says:

    This point needs to be front and center in the news, over and over. Blue collar workers are being displaced by immigrants working for lower wages.

    Why do the unions not care? Because the immigrants will sooner rather than later be unionized.

    Everyone’s taxes will go up to support ‘social services’ (read: welfare and unemployment) for our new fellow citizens. The losers are our children, who will pay for all this.

    The Dem/Libs have us cowed into silence, calling us racists and bigots whenever this issue is brought up, so that the Dems will become a permanent voting majority by adding in all our new citizens as an underclass beholden to the Dems.

    Time to man up and let them call us names. The future of our children is at stake.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Great points, JC. And my first response to this excellent article by Mr. Kung was, unfortunately, “They don’t care.”

      The Democrats just do not care if illegal immigration hurts this country. As someone posted over at NRO a while back, Christopher Hitchens admitted that when he was a devout socialist and stumping for Muslims and other immigrants to flood the country, it wasn’t because of any love of Muslims that they had. It was because they hated the British.

      The wonder of wonders is that the Left has been able to successfully paint these law-breakers as “victims.” Believe me, I wish them nothing but the best. But no one has a right to live in our country. To think otherwise is basically to engage in socialism on an international scale — and Cultural Marxism, of course, the whole idea that there are two classes, the “oppressors” and the “oppressed.”

      Until your average person can get beyond their feel-good, self-congratulatory, Kumbaya vision of society, there’s just no principled way to say no to any of this.

  2. Kurt NY says:

    I don’t think the real problem here is in the illegals currently here but the effect of legalizing them will have in bringing still more in. I saw an estimate that legalizing them will legally bring in somewhere between 10-19 million more immigrants over the next decade due to family preferences etc. If we don’t need 11 million low skill workers competing for jobs at the low end now, how will we possibly absorb double that number or worse?

    And estimates are that such will lower average wages for low skill workers over the next decade. Somehow I don’t find that prospect attractive, nor should our fellow citizens who would be affected by this.

    • Kung Fu Zu says:

      I believe the illegals already here are a serious problem. We have over 20 million citizens un or underemployed. Many of these people are collecting some type of money from the government. If even part of these people could get a job, they would take less money from the government and contribute more to the public coffers. The country would get a twofer. More coming in and less going out.

      As to what the illegals presently here are costing, I think the information regarding how much they are costing Los Angeles is very damning. How many extra policemen are hired, how many extra schools are being built, how many extra teachers are being hired, how much extra money is being spent by WIC and in emergency rooms to cater to these illegals all across the country?

      And I am asking only the monetary questions. I will touch on the cultural questions later.

  3. LibertyMark says:

    Please read The Camp of the Saints by Jean Raspail, a little known and seriously politically incorrect novella on the struggle between North-South (meaning Europe and the Third World). While addressing more of the cultural aspects of welfare colonization, the economic costs are self-evident.

    The millions of illegals already here are not up-standing citizens-in-training. They are looking for an easier path. (Please don’t bother to point out the minor, minor fraction that might – might! – be an exception.) The fact that they are here illegally proves that they are looking for an easier path. Looking for an easier path, while a familiar human character flaw, is not something we want prevalent in MILLIONS of welfare colonists who are here or will come because of “immigration reform”.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Mark, the reviews on that book are pretty good at Amazon.com. If you would care to submit a book review, that would be splendid. 🙂

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Surprise, surprise, surprise. (Head tip to Gomer Pyle)

    It apparently is true that if the U.S. government does not hand out as many visas, US companies and even foreign companies with offices in the US will hire more Americans.


    Who would have thunk it? This goes against everything the left and business interests have been telling us. Lying SOB’S.

    It would appear that Trump is sticking to his promises about appointing constitutionalists to the courts and pushing back against outsourcing American jobs. Add the new directives he has given regarding illegal immigrants and I am pretty content. Border crossings appear to be down big-time.

    Now could he just get it right with repealing Obamacare?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Unfortunately, that requires a Congress that’s able and willing to do it. Same with tax reform.

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