While one might not favor the deportation of 12 million people, it is imperative that any amnesty consider the associated costs if it includes access to welfare benefits, Social Security and Medicare, not only for illegal immigrants but also for their immediate families which is what President Obama is proposing.
Jeb Bush pushed for amnesty at an event Tuesday by demonizing the motives of his Republican opponents and the people they represent.
“Preying on people’s fears” is not the answer and people should “stop dividing us”, Jeb Bush said in South Carolina Tuesday.
His words are expected since he’s running against Conservatives in the Primary. He should be primarying Hillary Clinton.
“I have not seen, I don’t know if you’ve seen, a plan that says ‘we’re gonna deport everybody,’” Mr. Bush said at a breakfast event in Greenville as if people who don’t want amnesty for illegal immigrants and their families according to his dictates are asking for mass deportation.
“The cost of that would be enormous, the time would be enormous, the disruption would be enormous,” he continued. “A better plan would be to say, allow people a path to legalized status…”
After diminishing his “fearful” opponents, he said, “Look, I’m pretty convinced that my views are the right views for high, sustained economic growth and fixing these things so that we can move forward,” he continued. “If people have a better idea, I’d like to hear it. But doing nothing — is that a plan? Doing nothing — just let this linger over and over again, these missed opportunities that we have — that’s not a plan. That’s a sentiment. That’s an emotion. That’s preying on people’s fears.”
The “fearful” opponents happen to be other Republicans and who are not by-and-large asking for mass deportation but he’s one of the elite who doesn’t have to make sense.
Actually, testimony by Robert Rector at a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tuesday points to a very different result.
It would probably be cheaper to send illegal immigrants home on a first class flight with a year’s salary.
Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said the lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits for the parents of illegal immigrants would be 1.3 trillion dollars over their lifetime in 2010 dollars.
DAPA recipients (Deferred Action for the Parents of illegal immigrants) will have immediate access to two welfare programs – the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the refundable Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) which would provide cash payments of $7.8 billion a year. Since the administration thinks citizens did something wrong instead of the people who immigrated illegally, the government is allowing them to apply retroactively for the cash benefits which could be as much as $23.5 billion.
The average DAPA-eligible family already receives around $6,600 per year in welfare at a cost of $13.4 billion per year according to Rector’s calculations.
While not eligible for Obamacare yet, there will obviously be future legislation or an executive order to change that and it will be at a cost of at least $14 billion per year.
The aggregate cost would be about $35 billion per year.
If illegal immigrants shift from off the books employment to paying taxes, it would increase taxes revenues by $7.2 billion per year but it would be far outweighed by EITC and ACTC cash payments.
It seems that it would encourage illegal immigrants’ parents to come here illegally to collect if for no other reason.
Rector said it will encourage illegal immigrants to stay and more to come in.
“The Obama executive action removes that bar, granting a large portion of illegal immigrants full access to Social Security and Medicare and increased access to means-tested welfare. This will substantially increase the already vast burden on U.S.taxpayers,” Rector concluded.
One thing is for certain, they will vote for Democratic candidates in extraordinarily large numbers, bringing the U.S. closer to a one-party nation.
Another certainty is Obama doesn’t care about the costs.
Then there is this one fact – people trying to get here legally are being punished and made to wait 10 – 20 years.