Border Crisis

COST OF A CRISIS: Illegal Immigrants Who Entered U.S. Since Biden Took Office Will Cost $20B a Year

posted by Hannity Staff - 9.13.22

A new analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the number of migrants that have crossed into the U.S. illegally since Biden took office in January 2021 will cost the taxpayers an additional $20 billion a year —in addition to the $140 billion existing illegal immigrants already cost.

From Fox News:

The analysis is based on an estimated 1.3 million released into the U.S. by immigration officials, as well as approximately one million “gotaways” — or illegal immigrants who have slipped past overwhelmed agents. FAIR calculates that each illegal immigrants costs $9,232 a year to support.

The U.S. has been in the midst of a massive border crisis since early 2021, with more than 1.7 million migrant encounters in FY 2021, and more than two million in FY 2022 so far. While many of those encounters are repeat encounters, and nearly half are removed under Title 42 public health protections, a considerable number are released into the U.S. for asylum hearings.

DHS sources told Fox News that there have been more than 500,000 “gotaways” into the U.S. this fiscal year until July, making at least 900,000 gotaways in FY 21 and 22.

FAIR, which calls for stricter border controls as part of a range of broader immigration reforms, laid out the money the estimated $20.4 billion could be spent on instead — including providing every homeless veteran in the U.S. $50K a year for the next 10 years.

The money, the analysis says, could also hire 330,000 teachers, fund and expand the National School Lunch Program, provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to more than 7 million extra families or provide every family earning less than $50K a year a $410 grocery voucher.

Despite an expected two million crossings this year, the Biden Administration continues to say the border is secure; Vice President Harris parroted the talking point on a recent episode of Meet The Press.

“Final topic here. We’re here in Texas, I want to ask you about the border. Would you call the border secure?” host Chuck Todd asked Harris.

“I think that there is no question that we have to do what the president and I asked Congress to do. The first request we made, pass a bill to create a pathway to citizenship,” Harris began before answering the question directly. “The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system, in particular over the last four years before we came in, and it needs to be fixed.”

“We’re gonna have 2 million people cross this border for the first time ever. You’re confident this border is secure?” Todd said, pushing the issue.

“We have a secure border in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration,” Harris said, attempting to blame the border crisis on former President Donald Trump. “But there are still a lot of problems that we are trying to fix. Given the deterioration that happened over the last four years.”

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