Center for Immigration Studies: Every illegal immigrant costs Americans $70,000 over their lifetime


According to Steve Camarota, the Director of Research for the Center for Immigration Studies, each and every illegal immigrant, over the span of their lifetimes, incurs a cost on American taxpayers of around $70,000.

In an interview with SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Daily, Camarota stated that his research has revealed the massive financial burden illegal immigration places on working and middle-class American taxpayers in the form of lower wages and increased costs for public services and welfare.

Camarota expressed that, “In a person’s lifetime, I’ve estimated that an illegal border crosser might cost taxpayers … maybe over $70,000 a year as a net cost… And that excludes the cost of their U.S.-born children, which gets pretty big when you add that in.”

He added, “Once [an illegal alien] has a child, they can receive cash welfare on behalf of their U.S.-born children…Once they have a child, they can live in public housing. Once they have a child, they can receive food stamps on behalf of that child. That’s how that works.”

During the same interview, Camarota also mentioned that the education levels of border crossers, illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants, are primarily to blame for the overly excessive levels of welfare usage by the foreign-born population in the United States. He also mentions that immigrants and illegal aliens typically compete against America’s impoverished and working-class communities – substantially lowering their already low wages.

In past decades, when waves of mass immigration crashed upon our U.S shores, Camarota said, the country didn’t have the expansive welfare system that it has today. He continued, saying that today’s ever-expanding welfare system, along with mass legal and illegal immigration levels, is ‘extremely problematic’ for the American taxpayer.

The RAISE Act – reintroduced to the Senate by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Josh Hawley (R-MO) and David Perdue (R-GA) – would reduce levels of legal immigration by half as well as change the immigration system so it would favor foreign nationals with high levels of education, thereby alleviating American taxpayers and workers of the 50-year-long unrelenting stream of mass migration into the country.

Under the current system of mass legal immigration, wealth is redistributed from working and middle-class American’s to the country’s ultra-wealthy – some might call them the 1 percent.

 “Virtually none of that existed in 1900 during the last great wave of immigration, when we also took in a number of poor people. We didn’t have a well-developed welfare state,” Camarota continued:

We’re not going to stop [the welfare state] tomorrow. So in that context, bringing in less educated people who are poor is extremely problematic for public coffers, for taxpayers in a way that it wasn’t in 1900 because the roads weren’t even paved between the cities in 1900. It’s just a totally different world. And that’s the point of the RAISE Act is to sort of bring in line immigration policy with the reality say of a large government … and a welfare state.

The immigrants are not all coming to get welfare and they don’t immediately sign up, but over time, an enormous fraction sign their children up. It’s likely the case that of the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, more than half are signed up for Medicaid — which is our most expensive program.

In a report recently released by the Center for Immigration Studies, it was found that U.S. households lead by foreign-born residents utilize almost double the amount of welfare that households headed by native-born Americans use.

Each and every year, the United States takes in more than 1.5 million foreigners – the vast majority have come as a result of chain migration. The foreign-born population in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 44.5 million people, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Center for Immigration studies has projected that by the year 2023 the legal and illegal immigrant population in the United States will comprise nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.

The citizens of the United States were never given a chance to vote on whether they wanted to become a nation of 3rd world immigrants. People on the globalist left will constantly repeat the mantra that ‘We are a nation of immigrants’. But this isn’t true. As Ann Coulter like to retort to the fallacious statement, “No! We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of settlers, explorers, and conquerors.” Our ancestors built this country from the ground up.

It’s time that the American people were given a choice to decide for themselves as to whether or not they want this unrelenting stream of replacement immigration to continue. I suspect that most would wish for it to end as soon as possible.

Isn’t it time that a people’s referendum on mass immigration is put forth by patriotic Americans?

Written by Mr. Anderson


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