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SHUT THE BORDERS: America Cannot Afford to Take in World’s Poor and Refugees

The Obama administration and other liberal Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, keep telling us that America needs to open its borders to the millions of poor and refugees. They claim that we should be giving them the same opportunities that our ancestors were given when they came to America. Obama says that we should allow tens of thousands of political Muslim refugees into the country as well.

But can American taxpayers – you and me – afford to take in millions more of the poor and refugees?

Last year, I reported that based on 2009 figures, it’s costing US taxpayers $83.8 billion a YEAR just to cover all of the costs incurred by illegal aliens already here.

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Now consider the fact that the yearly cost to Ohio taxpayers in 2009 was $563 million for 110,000 illegals, amounting to $5,119 per illegal. A 2012 report placed the annual cost for illegals in Ohio at $879 million. That’s an increase of $316 million (56%) in just 2 years under the Obama administration’s failure to enforce federal immigration laws. Those costs include $364 million for K-12 public education, $84 million for medical services (which you and I don’t receive), $81 for welfare, $79 for law enforcement incurred due to illegals, and $32 million for prison costs for the nearly 800 illegals in prison. It’s likely that the annual cost to Ohio taxpayers in 2016 to cover all of the expenses incurred by Obama’s illegals will easily exceed $1 billion. Considering the population of Ohio in 2015 was 11.6 million people, that’s $86 per man, woman and child. An average household of 4 are on the hook for $344 a year to pay for illegals.

In Texas, the yearly cost to taxpayers in 2009 was $6.878 billion for 1,810,000 illegal aliens, amounting to $4,905 per illegal. A newer report states that in 2013, it cost Texas taxpayers $12.1 billion a year to cover the costs of illegals. The same report stated that breaks down to ‘more than $1,197 for every Texas household headed by a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen.’ How many Texans are aware that they are paying this much each year because of Obama allowing millions of illegals to remain in the US?

In California, the yearly cost to taxpayers in 2009 was $21.755 billion for 2,635,000 illegal aliens, amounting to $8,256 per illegal. The number of illegals in California climbed to over 3 million in 2014 for total taxpayer cost $25.3 billion a year which breaks down to around $2,370 a year for every household headed by a US citizen. That’s nearly $200 per month for illegals. How many Californians are aware that they are being billed $200 a month just to cover the costs of Obama’s illegals?

In New York, the yearly cost to taxpayers in 2009 was $9.479 billion for 750,000 illegal aliens, amounting to $12,638 per illegal.

The same organization that compiled the figures in the chart above, revised them for 2013, stating that the annual cost to US taxpayers was up to $113 billion, or annual increase of 9.73%. That breaks down to $29 billion in federal costs and $84 billion in state and local costs. They also stated:

“The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117.”

Consider that when you file your federal, state and local taxes each year.

Based upon a 9.73% annual increase in cost for illegals, that would mean for 2016, the cost for illegals would be around $149 billion or $1,476 per native-headed household.

After saying all this, imagine how much it would cost US taxpayers to open our borders to millions more of the world’s poor and political refugees? According to one website:

“Nearly 1/2 of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. More than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty — less than $1.25 a day.

1 billion children worldwide are living in poverty.”

Face it, my heart goes out to these people but there is no way that US taxpayers can pay to take in even 10% of those living in poverty. We are already taxed out and our nation is on the verge of bankruptcy with a national debt of $19.3 trillion. This breaks down to $59,564 per every US citizen. Very few of us can afford to sit down and write a check to the US Treasury for $60,000 per person. Consider a household of 4, their part of the national debt comes to a whopping $238,256. The last thing we need is to be adding any more financial burden on the already breaking backs of American citizens.

Until our federal, state and local governments get their financial houses in order and learn to live within their means, American needs to enforce our immigration laws and stop the flow of illegals and refugees into our country. Additionally, I believe we need to deport most, if not all, of the illegals already here. They came here illegally and are draining our resources. Just think of the difference it would make to local, state and federal budgets if they were not having to pay out the money listed above to cover the costs of illegals?

The only solution is the shut down our borders stop bringing in the world’s poor and refugees.

I have and still advocate that we use our military construction units to build a wall along the entire 1,950 miles of southern border and then station our military personnel to protect our border instead of protecting borders in the Middle East. America needs to come first!

 

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Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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