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The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer

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posted on May, 10 2013 @ 01:54 PM
The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer
Heritage Foundation link, PDF
Robert Rector and Jason Richwine, PhD

Executive Summary
Unlawful immigration and amnesty for cur¬rent unlawful immigrants can pose large fiscal costs for U.S. taxpayers. Government provides four types of benefits and services that are relevant to this issue:
Direct benefits. These include Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and workers’ compensation.
Means-tested welfare benefits. There are over 80 of these programs which, at a cost of nearly $900 billion per year, provide cash, food, housing, medical, and other services to roughly 100 million low-income Americans. Major programs include Medicaid, food stamps, the refundable Earned Income Tax Credit, public housing, Supplemental Security Income, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Public education. At a cost of $12,300 per pupil per year, these services are largely free or heavily subsidized for low-income parents.
Population-based services. Police, fire, high¬ways, parks, and similar services, as the National Academy of Sciences determined in its study of the fiscal costs of immigration, generally have to expand as new immigrants enter a community; someone has to bear the cost of that expansion.


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posted on May, 10 2013 @ 02:06 PM
reply to post by Surfrat


I live in South Florida. Here the wage paid to to pick your food doesn't cover the social cost. Repetitive motion
injury limits how long people can pick, say tomatoes. Why should you complain when business get subsidized labor?
Americans won't do the work. If it weren't agriculture, OSHA wouldn't allow it to be done the way it is.

IMHO, quit yer bitchin'

It probably won't be fixed until we are just as poor as Mexico and it won't make any difference which country you work in.
BTW, in the 19th century, Mexican per capita income was higher than the US because of lucrative Gold and Silver mines.

posted on May, 10 2013 @ 03:05 PM

posted on May, 10 2013 @ 03:16 PM
This seals the BS charge for me:

Jason Richwine is a quantitative analyst at The Heritage Foundation...


I have absolutly no confidence in any information that particular think-tank publish.

and this is the BS dissertation he published for heratage:

edit on 10-5-2013 by cartenz because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 10 2013 @ 10:25 PM
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Jason Richwine at Harvard wrote a doctoral thesis in which he concluded that the IQ of illegal aliens is lower than natural born residents in the country. That has been discovered, and he is now being charged with racism and bigotry. He's out of the Ivy League. He's got the perfect pedigree. He comes out of Harvard. There were a number of people on the review board for his doctoral thesis. Want to hear some of the names? Michelle Malkin looked into this. Richwine's dissertation committee at Harvard included George Borjas, a professor of economics and social policy, Cuban born scholar, got his PhD in economics from Columbia. He's an award-winning labor economist, National Bureau of Economic Research associate. Has written countless books.

Next, Richard Zeckhauser. Richard Zeckhauser is a professor of Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government. He also signed off on Richwine's dissertation. Zeckhauser earned a PhD of economics from Harvard. He belongs to the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.

The final member of the committee that approved Richwine's thesis, Christopher Jencks. Christopher Jencks is a professor of Social Policy at Harvard's JFK school. "He is a renowned left-wing academic who has taught at Harvard, Northwestern, the University of Chicago and the University of California, Santa Barbara. He edited the liberal New Republic magazine in the 1960s and has written several scholarly books tackling poverty, economic inequality, affirmative action, welfare reform and, yes, racial differences ('The Black-White Test Score Gap')."

So all of these achieved and highly acclaimed scholars reviewed Jason Richwine's doctoral thesis and granted him approval, and not one of them at the time they reviewed it accused him of racism or bigotry or prejudice or bias. He sailed through the doctoral program. But because his work has been cited in the Heritage Foundation on the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill, he is now targeted for destruction. And joining this attempt to destroy him are several Republican establishment members, several RINO Republicans who are part of this cabal that thinks the Republican Party needs to go out and support amnesty in order to get Hispanic votes to have any chance of winning future elections.

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