reports Robert Rector's estimate for what the Day of Infamy II amnesty will cost American taxpayers over the lives of the illegal aliens whose status gets laundered to legal. The headline tells you the gist: ROBERT RECTOR: AMNESTIED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO COST TAXPAYERS $2 TRILLION OVER THEIR LIFETIME
, November 24, 2014.
And the top-level details are in the article's second paragraph:
“The net cost — which is total benefits minus total benefits paid in — of the amnesty recipients I estimate will be around $2 trillion over the course of their lifetime,” Rector explained in an interview with Breitbart News Monday. He added that the calculation is based on the assumption that 4 million undocumented immigrants will participate and they will live, on average, 50 years.
Assuming the entire $2 trillion goes only to the charmed 4 million (and not to, say, their offspring or to others who wind up here because of resulting chain immigration), that amounts to a cool $500,000 per legalized illegal. According to the article, Rector will soon be out with a Heritage Foundation report that explains the details.In the six hours the article's been online as I write this, it's attracted about 180 comments. Of those I sampled, I thought the following one by "ROWLF" was the most creative:
Two trillion is Gov't math it's closer to 12 trillion. We can give citizens jobs to find and deport them for less.