The Biden administration has proven anew that American wage earners are simply being taxed too much.
According to the Daily Caller, the regime must be awash in cash because a new immigration policy provides an array of public benefits to Haitians and Cubans who otherwise would not have been permitted into the country, via the Department of Health and Human Services.
Per HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), immigrants from those two countries who are paroled into the U.S. to await their fate are eligible to receive food stamps, Medicaid, and cash benefits — a finding that, frankly, should outrage American taxpayers. The new program relies on a parole authority that will allow up to 30,000 Venezuelans, Nicaraguans, Cubans and Haitians to come into the U.S. if they have a sponsor.
“Migrants of the aforementioned nationalities would otherwise be expelled under Title 42, the Trump-era order used to quickly expel certain migrants who cross into the U.S. illegally. The Biden administration continues to push for Title 42’s end, but Republican states have sued and the courts have been left to make a decision on the order’s fate,” The Daily Caller reported, adding:
Through the ORR, Haitian and Cuban parolees can be eligible for a number of benefits, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance, Medicaid and cash assistance through Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), according to HHS.
“ORR provides funding to state governments, resettlement agencies, and other nonprofit community-based organizations to provide benefits and services for eligible individuals,” the agency notes on its website.
According to HHS, Haitian and Cuban migrants paroled into the country can receive around $400 per month in taxpayer-funded assistance, NBC Miami reported. In addition, they can apply for the assistance within the first five years of being in the U.S., the HHS noted.
News of the program comes as illegal migrant surges into the U.S. have set and surpassed records. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported over 227,000 migrant encounters along the southern border in September, outpacing every other September on record, according to new agency statistics,” the Daily Caller reported separately in October.
Illegal immigrants entering the US since President Biden took office will cost US taxpayers more than $20 billion a year, figures released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform showed in November.
The group, which advocates for lower levels of immigration in all sorts, says that illegal immigrants entering the US since January 2021 will add an extra $20.4 billion burden a year for US taxpayers, in addition to the already astonishing $140 billion illegal immigrants already cost.
Fox News, who first reported the study, says the analysis is based on an estimated 1.3 million people who were released by US customs officials, as well a one million “gotaways,” or those who have slipped pasted agents. FAIR says that each immigrant costs over $9,000 a year to support.
There have been more than 1.7 million encounters in the 2021 Fiscal Year, and more than two million in 2022. Many of those encounters are repeast encounters, and nearly half are removed under Title 42 public health protections. A high number are released into the US for asylum hearings.
“Even in an age in which trillion dollar spending packages and are considered modest, the additional $20.4 billion the Biden Border Crisis has heaped onto the backs of American taxpayers is still staggering,” Dan Stein, president of FAIR, said in a statement. “$20.4 billion could address some very important needs of the American public, instead of covering the costs of the surge of illegal migration triggered by this administration’s policies.”
For the record, the U.S. national debt, at the moment, has surpassed $31.5 trillion dollars.