Each Amnestied Illegal Alien Household to Cost Taxpayers $592,000


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.

The Democrats aren’t importing 11 million voters just because they look good in their ads. They’re doing it to deepen their control and take over entire states… and spend and spend.

All this is being calculated under the current system. Imagine what kind of benefits will be doled out after 20 years of Democratic rule. If you’re having trouble with that, go look at Europe.

Under current law, all unlawful immigrant households together have an aggregate annual deficit of around $54.5 billion.

In the interim phase (roughly the first 13 years after amnesty), the aggregate annual deficit would fall to $43.4 billion.

At the end of the interim phase, former unlawful immigrant households would become fully eligible for means-tested welfare and health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The aggregate annual deficit would soar to around $106 billion.

In the retirement phase, the annual aggregate deficit would be around $160 billion. It would slowly decline as former unlawful immigrants gradually expire.

What does that add up to collectively?

The typical unlawful immigrant is 34 years old. After amnesty, this individual will receive government benefits, on average, for 50 years. Restricting access to benefits for the first 13 years after amnesty therefore has only a marginal impact on long-term costs. If amnesty is enacted, the average adult unlawful immigrant would receive $592,000 more in government benefits over the course of his remaining lifetime than he would pay in taxes.

Over a lifetime, the former unlawful immigrants together would receive $9.4 trillion in government benefits and services and pay $3.1 trillion in taxes. They would generate a lifetime fiscal deficit (total benefits minus total taxes) of $6.3 trillion. (All figures are in constant 2010 dollars.)

This should be considered a minimum estimate. It probably understates real future costs because it undercounts the number of unlawful immigrants and dependents who will actually receive amnesty and underestimates significantly the future growth in welfare and medical benefits.

Many policymakers believe that after amnesty, unlawful immigrants will help make Social Security solvent. It is true that unlawful immigrants currently pay FICA taxes and would pay more after amnesty, but with average earnings of $24,800 per year, the typical unlawful immigrant will pay only about $3,700 per year in FICA taxes. After retirement, that individual is likely to draw more than $3.00 in Social Security and Medicare (adjusted for inflation) for every dollar in FICA taxes he has paid.

Moreover, taxes and benefits must be viewed holistically. It is a mistake to look at the Social Security trust fund in isolation. If an individual pays $3,700 per year into the Social Security trust fund but simultaneously draws a net $25,000 per year (benefits minus taxes) out of general government revenue, the solvency of government has not improved.

And that’s the bottom line. If you support amnesty, you cannot call yourself a fiscal conservative. There is nothing fiscally conservative about drowning a floundering system deeper in debt.

  • pfwag

    And that is just the direct costs. For the indirect costs, see THE DARK SIDE OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Google it. If you're not ticked off yet, read the Sex Crimes chapter.

    • Spider

      Yeah And how about all the Rapes Murders Gang Banging, Drug dealing and Incarceration Costs by these Cartel employed Wet Backs that got here by carrying backpacks full of drugs to pay their way!
      Of course they are just nice families coming here to pick our fruit Right? – that's why only 3% work in agriculture and 67% are on public assistance…and the rest earn a living off criminal enterprise…

  • Alan

    Conservatives are consistent haters–today you hate Muslims, blacks, immigrants, gays, Latinos, and even single women; in the old days you all hated the Irish, the Italians, Jews, Chinese, Japanese, Native Americans; every generation you find someone new to hate; you are just a bunch of phucking bigots; but the truth is the person you hate the most is the one staring at you in the mirror! You all hate as much as the Taliban– so you shall be known as the Christian Taliban!

    • Spider

      Yeah – Let me tell you something Allen The People that came here in yesteryear were skilled people that were highly motivated to work hard and become American Citizens. Not True Today. Now we just import lazy stupid people (Democrat Voters) who just want to work the system and who don't give a damn about becoming Americans. And I have some other bad news for you All Slave owners and Jim Crow Law proponents were Democrats ( who are all now Christian Bigots) So Just shut Up

    • DDay66

      Facts can be infuriating things. Lord knows you don't possess the mental capacity to launch a counter-argument to the stunning numbers displayed above, so you turned to angry hate speech, historical ignorance and just down right intolerance. Fact is it was Conservatives who fought the Civil Rights movement; it was Conservatives who fought the Left's bigotry. Numbers don't have a color. And above, to any intelligent human being it is clear we are mad about the numbers. The only people we hate are people like you. So no my friend, we shall be known as the USA, and we are in a war against the Progressive Hamas. And we will find you, in what ever spider-hole or cave or Pakistani like compound you are hiding in and we will serve you justice.

      • Alan

        You are stupid, period

        • DDay66

          And you have still failed to put together an intelligent coherent counter argument showing "stupid, period" is a major step up from where you are at.

        • Lan Astaslem

          how about we send all the illegal slime and the muslim garbage over to your place?

          • Alan

            the Heritage bs has been totally debunked; your hatefullness makes my point, you cowardly un-American punk!

    • kasandra

      You're an idiot. That fact that you don't want open borders does not mean that you hate anybody. Simply, it means you respect your country, its sovreignty, and its laws. Obviously, you don't so have fun when 6 billion people all decide that they have a "civil right" to come here. Enjoy.

    • roger

      You mean like the democrat's KKK,NBPP,CPA ,La Raza,NOI,CAIR and F & F?
      Give us proof of your claims of hatred being Republican based in history. Show us the race ,religion ,ethnicity and sex based laws.

      Justify the 4,000 murders of American citizens by illegals and 5,000 murders by black gangs every year . Show us how hating people who blow up American citizens for religious regions is based on bigotry.
      Explain to us EXACTLY how and why hating extremists and criminals is racist .

      Tell me,how many people have been murdered to support your drug habit.
      How many children worked 12 hour days to make your $300 shoes.
      How many girls were FGM and raped by muslims while you typed your self righteous tantrum.

      Blame,you've got tons. Reality ,ZERO.

  • onecornpone

    The dirty little secret which no one will tell you is, at least half of these amnesty'd illegals will wind up back living in MX soon, and most of them eventually will retire back in MX.

    Mexicans LOVE their homeland. Most only come here to make money, planning to go back to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Many are distrustful of the system of bully govt bureaucrats who insist they get on the citizenship train as a condition of getting FREE STUFF.

    I was in a position to help a few who were applying for their citizenship after the Reagan amnesty. Ultimately I learned, they don't really want to be American citizens, they just want to work here to save for a better life in MX.

    A recent Pew poll found:

    32% of Hispanics have a favorable view of capitalism
    55% of Hispanics nave a negative view of capitalism
    Even the drug-addled #Occupy Wall Street crowd had a more favorable view of capitalism than Hispanics.

    If you wanted to fundamentally change America, wouldn't importing hoards of anti-capitalist, lo-info voters be a brilliant plan?

  • ves

    They will still work under the table and collect ALL US Benefits openly and they will continue to produce illegitmate children (WELFARE) and still refuse to learn English and will continue to send BILLIONS of US Dollars out of the US!
    Screws the US Economy, Screws Legal US Taxpayers, they will be able to Vote Themselves Raises and more Freebies!!
    The official language will soon be Spanish and the US will be taken over by Mexico without a shot!!

  • don reid

    My feeling on the matter that is going to cost the taxpayer over $500,000 in the future for illegal immigrant per adult is to put them in jail and feed them only bread and water.
    This will send the best message to all illegal, undocumented, won't work, committing crime, rapers and killers to stay out of the United States of America.
    If we don't start doing something real soon we will wake up one morning and America will belong to the Mexicans. They will become the majority race by 2050…
    Then they will take over Congress and pass their own laws…

  • noJack

    democrats heart mindless scum – so they can tell them they are their pharaohs who bring them all that they have.
    So long as there are taxpayers the dems will spend – whatever they are sent.
    It doesn't matter to them they didn't earn it, a new voter is born – puts a smile on their face so long as they don't live next door.
    These people come here by the droves over the hill and through the dale but will not put forth the effort to come here legally as millions before them as my ancestors did in the late 1800's.