DREAM Act Carries a Big Bill
Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied, minor, illegal immigrants entering the United States may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill.
“The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from 2014’s $868 million accumulation. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and they are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. The numbers of young, unregistered immigrants entering the country have jumped ten-fold over the last three years, ” indicated Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer.
The Health and Human Services Department generated the estimate, which tracks the influx of minors from 6,560 in 2011 to more than 60,000 in 2014. Given the current arrival rate of these children, there is speculation their numbers may hit 130,000 in 2015.
“Who is supporting these children? Where does the money come from? The Health and Human Services Department deals with the immigrant children, and the money that funds them comes courtesy of American taxpayers, many of who take issue with their tax dollars paying for illegal immigrants,” added Rifkin.
President Obama has launched the Unified Coordination Group to get a handle on the issue. According to the president, boarder-crossings are a humanitarian issue. As his memo outlined, the situation requires a “unified and coordinated Federal response.” The goal of the new group is to provide relief to the children, but there is no mention of what the government intends to do to mollify taxpayers.
Obama’s DREAM may end up costing well over $2 billion.
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