Breitbart: Refugees cost taxpayers BILLIONS each year

While bringing refugees to the US from certain parts of the world poses a security risk for America, often forgotten is the huge cost to US taxpayers (federal, state and local) of placing them in communities already loaded with poor people, a practice the mayor of Springfield, Mass. recently pointed out.

The Democrat mayor of Springfield, Mass recently said that the US Refugee Admissions Program concentrates “poverty on top of poverty!”

And, before the refugee industry starts shouting about the fact that some refugees ultimately pay taxes, in reality very few even reach the income threshhold to pay taxes and many who make small amounts of income can actually file to get money back from the government through earned income tax credits while not ever having paid in anything.

Here is Michael Patrick Leahy at Breitbart in an article entitled: ‘Refugees Will Cost Taxpayers an Estimated $4.1 Billion in FY 2017’ says:

American taxpayers will spend more than $4.1 billion in the 2017 budget to support the 519,018 refugees who have been resettled by the federal government in the United States since October 2009, according to a cost estimate by Breitbart News.

To put that very large number in context, $4.1 billion can buy 10,677 new homes for $384,000 each, which is the average price of a new home sold in the United States in December 2016. Or it could buy 170,124 new autos for $24,100 each, which is the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a 2017 Chevrolet Malibu.

Even if the Trump administration were to entirely shut down the flow of refugees into the United States in FY 2018 and beyond, the refugees who have already arrived in the country will cost at least another $3.5 billion in 2018, and about $2 billion to $3 billion annually thereafter until FY 2022 and beyond.

Here is one of several useful charts prepared by Leahy. This summarizes the COST PER REFUGEE:



For more fun with numbers, continue reading here.

Where is Congress?

Donald Trump can cut the numbers arriving in the US while he is in office and can tinker with the regulations, but unless Congress grows a spine and reforms this out-of-control federal program, in 4 or 8 years we will go back to a wide open spigot! There is a limit to what can be done with a phone and a pen as Obama learned the hard way.

3 thoughts on “Breitbart: Refugees cost taxpayers BILLIONS each year

  1. It’s an absurd waste of money and human resources. These people come from countries where cultural conflict has been the name of the game for centuries. Arriving in a peaceful environment never takes away the desire for vengeance and justice. They either fight it out on new soil or save up to return to the homeland.


  2. What comes to mind, after looking at these figures, is that the reality of this would be lost on many Americans who have their minds made up regarding Trump’s “horrors”. This type of information should hit American taxpayers’ square between the eyes, but, unfortunately, even well-educated and practical-minded Americans are so caught up in the political correctness promulgated by the Left that this data becomes a fog for them.

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  3. and that’s only for 7-years worth of influx – one of the leanest 7 year periods in numbers since the program began.

    it excludes the cost of English language learning and translation costs.

    it excludes the cost of the extra treatment needed for usual diseases.

    I am sure the complete cost when you include all refugees and all costs is a least 2-3 times this.

    Then add in the Cuban/Haitian Entrants (the volume of which actually exceeded refugee numbers in 2015) and the cost is 4-5 times the quoted cost of 4 billion.

    then add in the children who are also clients of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, like the above, and the actual costs keep rising.

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