According to Robert Rector, a Heritage Foundation scholar, the president's plan to take in an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees would cost U.S. taxpayers $130 million per year. Over the next 50 years the costs for these additional refugees would add up to $6.5 billion for American taxpayers.
Refugees are eligible for lawful permanent residence (LPR) and all federal benefits one year after being in the United States. If they have U.S. born children, those children are immediately eligible for services as well. The 10,000 refugees would be in addition to the usual 70,000 refugees the U.S. already takes in every year.
The average low skilled, legal immigrant worker usually collects $4 worth of benefits for every $1 they pay in taxes. Assuming that most of the Syrian refugees are low skilled workers, then each migrant worker would cost U.S. taxpayers $13,000 per year. So the net cost of these additional 10,000 refugees (total benefits received minus total taxes paid) would be $130 million per year.
This $6.5 billion expense to provide these refugees with community services, health, education, welfare and retirement benefits would be in addition to to the almost $13.5 billion in foreign aid that U.S. taxpayers have already sent to the Middle Eastern nations to help with the Syrian civil war conflict.
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Updated: Mon, Jul 24th 2017 @ 2:25pm EDT