It was economist Milton Friedman who said the United States cannot have open borders and an extensive welfare state at the same time. If that logic applies for amnesty-packaged immigration reform plans, for the 11 million unlawful immigrants, we can see how unfair is the move. Conversely it insults those who follow the law and becomes an incentive for unlawful immigration in the future. The amnesty also comes with a heavy price tag.
Drilling a Hole In Treasury
The study by the Heritage Foundation found some data on the cost of illegal immigration statistics. After amnesty the existing unlawful immigrants would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services while they cannot pay more than $3 trillion in taxes in their lifetimes. So a net fiscal deficit of $6.3 trillion is in the making. This deficit can be financed only by increasing the government debt or slapping taxes on other U.S. citizens.
There is a grain of truth that while united states cost of illegal immigration is a burden, lawful migrants had been vital to the nation’s health and will be so for future success too. The point is that immigrants should come lawfully and not impose additional fiscal costs on taxpayers. A merit-based system would help the economy and reduce the burden on taxpayers and will strengthen the nation.
Genuine Reform Vs Amnesty
A structured lawful immigration system is fine as it can drive positive economic growth and job creation. But amnesty for unlawful aliens out to capture benefits is a no no.
Those who came breaking laws start having access to the same benefits as citizens do. The cost of illegal migration in the USA will be that the household of an illegal immigrant will receive nearly $3 in benefits for every single dollar of taxes paid. So the net annual cost is $29,000 per household of an illegal immigrant.
The U.S. has a debt of $17 trillion. So the negative impact on the finances from the amnesty bill will derail the original plank of immigration reform.
The illegal immigrants also impose costs on police, hospitals, schools and other services. When out on the path to citizenship they will qualify for full government programs.
The American Enterprise Institute pointed out that federal transfer payments or the process of taking from one American and giving to another grew from 3 percent of spending in 1935 to about two-thirds of all spending in 2010.
Households of Illegal immigrants with 10th-grade educations and low skills will receive about four times in government services and benefits than what they pay in taxes. While more than 4 million people want to come to the United States lawfully, it is the unlawful section that is getting a pat on the shoulder.
The comprehensive immigration bill now before the house of representatives differs little from previous hollow promises to secure borders and enforce strong immigration. In 1986, when amnesty was granted the beneficiaries were about 3 million people now it has quadrupled to almost 12 million.