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Importing caravan and other refugees costs US taxpayers $8.8 billion, or $80,000 a head

As the caravan camps out in self-induced misery in Tijuana, and the left calls for the entry of more refugees (and asylees) into the U.S., a new report from the Federation for Immigration Reform shows that such imports don’t come cheap.

According to the Washington Examiner:

The Federation for American Immigration Reform Monday put the five-year price tag at $8.8 billion in federal and state costs, or nearly $80,000 per refugee. There are some 18 federal and state programs refugees can tap for financial help, including food stamps, child care, public housing and school loans.

On a yearly average, it is $1.8 billion, or $15,900 per refugee.  Included in that are enormous refugee resettlement costs such as $867 million in welfare, housing assistance and education.

For the advocates of bigger government, that’s a good thing, given the growing numbers of bureaucrats needed to “service” such clients.  More clients, more costs; more costs, more bureaucrats.  What’s more, half of these refugees and asylees (the terms are used interchangeably in the report because refugees come from their home countries, while asylees apply from the U.S.) stay on Medicaid for five years or more, meaning their incomes stay low […]

Read the full story from American Thinker

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