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Report: Obama’s Plan To Import 10,000 Refugees Would Cost Taxpayers $6.5 billion


President Obama’s plan to import 10,000 Syrian refugees would cost U.S. tax payers $130 million per year, according to projections from Heritage Foundation scholar Robert Rector.

Extended out over the next 50 years, these additional 10,000 migrants would cost U.S. taxpayers $6.5 billion over the course of the migrants’ lifetime.

On Sept. 10, a White House spokesman said President Barack Obama would grant residence to 10,000 additional Syrians in 2016, along with the routine inflow of 70,000 refugees and 1 million new immigrants. Many establishment Republican presidential candidates such as

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , Jeb Bush, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), say it’s the United States’ duty to import these economic migrants from predominantly poor and Muslim countries.

Because refugees, by law, are required to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status one year after entering the United States, they fairly soon become eligible for all federal benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers. Moreover, if they have U.S.-born children then those children are immediately eligible for services.

A low-skilled legal immigrant generally receives $4 of benefits for every $1 of taxes they contribute– this would apply to low-skilled refugees over time as well. Rector notes that we do not know the specific education status of each individual refugee. However, assuming that they are predominantly low-skilled, each migrant would cost U.S. taxpayers $13,000 per year. The importation of 10,000 migrants, therefore, would result in a net cost (total benefits received minus total taxes paid) of $130 million per year.


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