America pays close to $20,000 to settle each refugee and asylum seeker that legally enters the country. According to a recently released report, U.S. taxpayers are soon going to foot a huge bill for accepting displaced people, as 95,000 more could be crossing the borders of the United States if President Barack Obama and his administration have their way.
Federal taxpayers are expected to foot a nearly $20,000 bill for each refugee and asylum seeker that Uncle Sam grants entry into the United States. Those who qualify for asylum or refugee status are eligible for cash welfare, food stamps, housing, and medical aid, which, needless to say, further increases the burden on the exchequer.
According to a new and explosive report from Negative Population Growth, considering all the benefits extended to the displaced people legally staying in the United States, each person costs $19,884 to be settled on American soil. Shockingly, this number is only set to soar if President Obama succeeds in convincing the congress and the country about the intake of Syrian refugees. According to official sources, Obama is planning to welcome about 10,000 Syrian refugees.
The report titled “The impact of refugees on the size and security of the U.S. population,” notes that America is currently accepting about 95,000 “refugees” and “asylees.” Worryingly, this number is on top of the 500,000 legal and illegal immigrants that come to the U.S. annually, reported the Washington Examiner.
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 11, 2016
According to the report, which calls the management of refugees a burgeoning “refugee industry,” two federal agencies are at the heart of it all. The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) are two of the “industries” that manage the refugees and handle all the cash flow.
Interestingly, PRM has been the largest contributor to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ budget. In the year 2014, America donated $1.28 billion to the UNHCR. On the other hand, ORR spent about $609 million last year. Almost 50 percent of the funds go to states and voluntary resettlement agencies, while the rest goes to states and NGOs towards aspects like welfare, medical, and employment assistance, among other programs.
— Marjorie Haun (@Reagan_Girl) May 31, 2016
While the UNHCR was supposed to increase the capacity of foreign nations to take in refugees, the U.S. still absorbed more refugees than the rest of the world combined. In 2014, U.S. welcomed 67 percent of UNHCR-referred refugees.
The report also elaborates on the long term impact of refugees on American population. Once the refugees and asylum seekers receive their Legal Permanent Resident (LPR) status, they can, for a period of two years after their arrival, petition to have immediate family members—spouses, children, and parents—join them as legal immigrants, reported New Observer Online.
The report also exposed the fraud that these asylum seekers commit after they have “arrived” in the U.S. “DNA testing reveals that as much as 90 percent of ‘family connection’ claims in some refugee groups are false. This explains why refugee groups from small, sparsely populated countries often trigger unexpectedly large inflows of legal and illegal immigrants,” noted the report.
Can the refugee crisis ever be managed? The report estimates there are about 20 million people who are actively seeking refugee status across the globe, but only a fraction are truly deserving. Hence, even if developed countries double or triple their spending on these people, the problem will never end and will only keep getting worse.
The only viable solution is to significantly upgrade the refugee camps, advises the report, and adds that instead of accepting refugees into their countries, governments could jointly work at removing the hurdles that are preventing these people from living peacefully in their motherland.
[Photo by Francois Guillot/Getty Images]