The Many Costs of Obama’s Amnesty

Phyllis Schlafly, Townhall, March 24, 2015

Seeing as the costs will come due only after Barack Obama has left the White House, I guess he doesn’t care how high those costs are. But the costs are horrendous, as just added up by our country’s foremost authority on such things, Robert Rector of The Heritage Foundation.

Rector told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last week that the lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits paid to the millions of immigrants to whom Obama is granting legal status will be about $1.3 trillion. Rector’s calculation is based on his assumption that at least 3.97 million immigrants will receive legal status under Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, and the average DAPA beneficiary has only a 10th-grade education.

DAPA recipients, according to Rector’s calculations, will receive $7.8 billion every year once they get access to the refundable earned income tax credit and the refundable additional child tax credit. Those EITC and ACTC recipients will also be allowed to claim credit for three years of illegal work, which will sock U.S. taxpayers for another $23.5 billion.


Rector estimates that the combined cost of means-tested welfare benefits the immigrants who came here illegally now receive, plus other goodies such as EITC and ACTC cash, will encourage increased illegal immigration in the future. The average American, whose children and grandchildren will end up burdened with this enormous debt, must ask whether someone is trying to destroy America.

The Government Accountability Office has already reported that even the debate over legalizing the presence of certain immigrants was “a primary cause” of last summer’s surge of Central Americans crashing our southern border. Even if those teenagers were not eligible for asylum or legal status when they arrived, they knew that deportations could take years, giving them the chance to disappear into the shadows.

Look at California for a preview of our future under Obama’s immigration plan. The Hispanic population is now almost equal to the white population, and almost 50 percent of babies born in California are Hispanic.

Nearly a third of “English learners” in U.S. public schools are third-generation Americans who still are not speaking English at home, and the Hispanic illegitimacy rate is 53 percent. The cheap labor welcomed by employers is not only a huge impediment for American job seekers but also a big expense to taxpayers, who are hit with new costs of schools, hospitals and prisons.


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  • And the biggest cost of all is one that can’t be quantified.

    That is, the social cost of the big international airport where the United States used to be.

    • propagandaoftruth

      But the burritos, QD, the burritos will make it all worth it.

      And siracha too.

      • Susannah

        Absolutely. Diversity and “vibrancy” trump safety, achievement, progress, intelligence, societal cohesion, order, cleanliness, fairness, and overall functionality. I’m so glad our betters made such a sensible and forward-thinking choice for us. I’m sure our descendants will be even more thrilled than we are.

        • Raymond Kidwell

          You just aren’t superior or elite enough. It takes a special kind of person to be born into a rich family, get the best tutors money can buy, get into a good college with ho-hum grades, and then achieve a position telling the rest of us what to do. Or conversely preaching ethnic solidarity and zionism to one group and then selling diversity to the rest of us. You just aren’t at the intellectual capacity of the straight C students who rule over us. It’s a meritocracy. And I don’t want to hear about your high I.Q., high test scores etc. Being led by people who have rich parents is a meritocracy. At least that’s what they keep telling me.

      • Whitetrashgang

        As long as there made out of real Mexicans, not 50 50 like Zimmerman.

        • propagandaoftruth

          Jalapeno fed man-veal? Yum.

          • Jason Lewis

            Soylent Mexican is people!

      • LeonNJ

        I never had siracha, but it must be great. I say that because those Taco Bell commercials show a black women with the words “siracha” buzzed on the back of her head.

        • propagandaoftruth

          It’s actually pretty yummy imo. Great aftertaste.

          I wouldn’t buzz it into the back of my head, though. Maybe for money…

        • ElComadreja

          It’s an Asian condiment. I don’t know what the negress has to do with it.

  • Chip Carver

    The hispanics are just another tool being used to destroy the US. The usual suspects see Europe starting to slip out of their grasp. Sure, they’ll make one more big push there anyway, but it’s likely going to tank for them.

    Now the US, the destruction of this once great nation is no doubt one of their proudest achievements. Even if they can’t make Whitey extinct, they can at least destroy what was once the finest White country.

    • Xerxes22

      One day they will realize that by destroying our nation they have also destroyed their own nation. Of course by the time that day comes, it will be too late to undo the damage that they have done.

      • Robert Smith

        Their elite will always be able to hide. They don’t care one bit for the little “suspect.”

  • superlloyd

    That irresponsible, marxist cretin Obongo needs to be held to account for his reckless, profligate management of the public finances. Like all blacks he has no idea of economics.

    • WhiteVeinKratom

      But…….,”raising the debt limit
      does not raise the debt.”

  • Hilis Hatki

    I was born here yet Iam a stranger in a strange land.

    • John Smith

      I don’t recognize this country and much of that has happened in the past 15-20 years.

  • guest

    “The average American . . . must ask whether someone is trying to destroy America.”

    It should have been clearly obvious throughout 2008 to 2012 that Obama was not working for the best interests of America and the people. The average American should also be asking how and why this atrocity has been allowed to happen a second time for 2012 to 2016 and will America still be around once the One Big Awful Mistake America’s reign of terror comes to an end in 2016.

    • journey

      The survival of this country as an advanced country will be tougher day by day as the whites ever become the minority.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      The presidency is owned by special interest groups and lobbyists. The president is picked by them when they put their money behind him. Whoever gets the most money and can buy the most votes via fraud wins. All Obama does is read the speeches given to him, smile for the camera and cash his checks. The same as Bush before him, and Clinton before him etc. Rest assured most ideas (such as amnesty) can be traced to major backers. You have your koch brothers and their liberal equivalents.

      • I think you’re right and wrong.

        Big money doesn’t pick any one individual in particular. Big money limits the Overton Window to a small circle of individuals with very similar mindsets on issues that are important to big money people. To the point that we can still “vote,” but someone in the big money Overton window will still win.

        Let me put it to you another way: The point of big money isn’t to pick anyone person, it’s to keep certain kinds of people out. That’s what I think Sheldon Adelson is up to with all his money bags to Republican politicians — People think he’s trying to buy a war with Iran, when in reality he doesn’t need to give one cent to any Republican politician in order for that to happen. He’s not going to buy a cow when he’s already getting the milk for free. No, what I think he’s up to is giving open borders Republicans such a money advantage that immigration patriots are kept out, and immigration patriotism would hurt Adelson’s bottom line. The immigration matter is one over which Adelson’s money does have a lot of leverage. On Iran, the Republicans will be what they are with or without him.

      • journey

        It’s not just money but the blessings must come from David Rockefeller, et. al and all the organizations that they are part of. This is where the real power lies. It is well known, Rockefeller has more power than heads of state.

  • connorhus

    You never see them mention the increased costs to the public for the police state we have to fund with all the immigrants. I think the last chart I saw had police per citizen growing by a couple 100 percent in the last fifty years.

    • John Smith

      The WOT and WOD are also responsible for that. I see the increase in police going hand-in-hand with our loss of freedoms in that you must have men with guns to enforce unjust laws and regulations.

    • WR_the_realist

      Step 1: For decades get involved in disputes and wars in the Middle East that have nothing to do with us.

      Step 2: Invite a large fraction of the population you’ve been angering (and bombing) to move here.

      Step 3: Impose a police state because so many of the potential terrorists are “American” citizens.

      I might call this the “McCain Plan”, although obviously Obama has adopted it too.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    What about this cost?

    Victims of illegal alien crime.

    • SentryattheGate

      Yes, especially victims of drunk drivers, child molesters and rapists and murderers!

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble


      • mobilebay

        I wonder if Obama ever phones the victim’s
        relatives to express his condolences? He honored Bergdahl, but probably hasn’t time for those injured or murdered by illegal aliens, many of whom he himself welcomed here.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Those Bologna men look like Mexicans. Must be Italians.

      • Quido

        I would say they are Italian. Maybe made out of the same stuff as Sgt John Basilone USMC Google the sergeant

  • journey

    The biggest cost of all will be the collapse of this country. And this is coming sooner than later.

  • Johann Wald

    You hear a lot about Obama being a “Muslim” these days but when you consider his history, that argument doesn’t hold up. Obama was mentored in politics by David Axelrod. He got his start in Chicago in Axelrod’s house and was supported by wealthy Chicago Jew Betty Lu Salzman. His largest corporate sponsor in his first run for the President was Goldman Sachs and Jews voted for him at a rate of 70% or better in both elections. His first white house chief of staff was dual citizen Rahm Emmanuel, a certified nutcase (see Rolling Stone article on his post election behavior)son of an Irgun terrorist and a fanatical (some would be kind and say “strictly observant”) Orthodox Jew, who personally volunteered service with the IDF (not the US Army) during the first Gulf War and habitually spends his free time in Tel Aviv. The MSM gave Obama a free pass on his credentials as well, which were none, when a white candidate would have been crucified. Now, given that he’s been surrounded and supported by Jews at close quarters for years, he’s either a super smart trickster that fooled all these (as they claim) real smart Jews or there’s something else going on here. I don’t think it’s that this obviously stupid mulatto was clever enough to fool so many for so long either.

    • David Ashton

      What does David Horowitz think, I wonder? Soros or Bibi?

    • Xerxes22

      True. The puppet is not the threat. It is the puppeteers that we must beware of. They pull the strings and plan their evil deeds from behind the curtain. We must expose these creatures to the light of day so that everyone can see who is really destroying this country.

    • Chip Carver

      We know who’s trying to destroy the West. Obama is the biggest puppet ever, his protective coloring limiting the criticism he receives. Sure, Axelrod and crew pull the strings. Look at the “agreement” with Iran. A dog and pony show for the public. Down the line, when the folks who are really in charge decide it’s time to make a move, they’ll claim Iran violated the agreements, as has been planned all along. Obama is a total puppet, nowhere near as intelligent as people give him credit for. His race makes him able to move with seeming impunity as he follows his string puller’s orders on immigration for example. And don’t be dumb enough to think someone like Ted Cruz or any other career politician won’t be the same. Whites are not going to vote themselves out of this mess. We can get out of this mess, and Obama’s handlers know it. They’re counting on Whites sitting and doing nothing for another decade or so. I don’t think it’s going to make it that far.

      • Johann Wald

        Of course Obama is a puppet. If I wanted to expand on my statements a little, I’d have gone on to say that his Jewish handlers probably made the following deal with him. “We’ll make you the first black president of the US, regardless of your lack of qualifications, so long as you basically do what we say and we reserve the right to throw you under the bus when the time is right”. That sound pretty accurate to me and is a good description of his candidacy and time in office so far as well as the handlers reactions now. Given his huge failures, there’s been a big push recently in the Jewish community to distance themselves from their favorite “butt boy” of yesteryear. It’s going to take people who have a memory that can hold more than the details of the latest “big game” to keep putting this fact out front and center whenever applicable and possible. I’m in for the challenge. Join me.

    • Allegra Az

      Jews are only one persent of your population, why don’t you put the responcility on Obama on hundreds of millions that voted fo him?

  • David Ashton

    Good old Phyllis – in her 91st Year I think – and still as sharp as ever!

    • Katherine McChesney

      She’s a Dame of Malta controlled by Roman Catholicism.

    • Jason Lewis

      I wish more young ladies knew about her instead of Gloria Steinem.

  • TruthBeTold

    Nearly a third of “English learners” in U.S. public schools are third-generation Americans who still are not speaking English at home, and the Hispanic illegitimacy rate is 53 percent.

    I saw an Hispanic immigration advocate on c-span. I can still hear her high-pitch whinny voice saying, ‘they WANT to learn English’.

    No they don’t. They have no intention of learning English. They are going to refuse to learn English until we concede and accommodate Spanish.

    • SentryattheGate

      Like south Florida; we gave the Latinos refuge, then they slammed the door in our faces, saying “It’s OUR’S now!” in Spanish, of course. Now they exclude us and English!

    • USofAntiWhite

      Also, 75% of them are dumb as a bag of beans and most have no education so… some of them are just too lazy mentally and are already in the sub 85 IQ range. Even if many tried (they don’t) many of them would still never speak functional English.

    • model1911

      “….. until we concede and accommodate Spanish.” Press 2 for English. Too late.

  • UncleSham

    I am an American, but I have never lived during a time when that meant anything. I have no land to call my own. I don’t know who my people are or what is left to defend. I am full of hatred.

    • Augustus3709

      Take heart friend. Life is full of challenges and fate has dealt us this hand. But hate is a waste of energy.

      In this age of confusion at least we know that we’re not alone and have kindred spirits all over the world, united in the struggle.

      • UncleSham

        I appreciate what you are saying on a personal level. This may be unfortunate, but I believe it is an unavoidable aspect of human nature that the only cure for collective apathy is collective hatred. Content people are not motivated to change course. I am defining hatred as passionate anger, and I believe that it can be righteous, even necessary under the correct circumstances.

        • Augustus3709

          I understand. Anger is a heck of a motivator. At the same time I remember the wisdom of the Stoics, who believed that negative emotions arise from a lack of information.

          I think we’re on the same page, as I support the pragmatic and strategic use of energy, in order to bring about a positive change.

    • WR_the_realist

      I am old enough to remember when being an American meant something. But i was a child then.

  • Light from the East

    Here is the same concept: A stranger intruded in your house, demanding food, water, electricity, other convenient things, and most important – money. He claimed that he is a part of your family but you don’t know him at all. You want to kick him out of your house but you can’t because he said the president allowed him to do this. You unwillingly accepted. He took about 20% of your total revenue each year. He does not really want to integrate this family but speaks his own language and he plans to bring more men like him, which you cannot reject. And yet liberal elites call this situation a strong and diverse “family”.

  • ElComadreja

    It’s definitely a rhetorical question.

  • De Doc

    Trust to the time tested principle of “Regression to the Mean.” Sasha and Malia will pretty much be nobodys, albeit well dressed and with a veneer of education.

  • AmericanCitizen

    One thing we need to keep firmly in mind: this is no accident or unforseen result of policy. This is being done to America on purpose and with intent. Destruction of the social fabric that we used to call America is the planned agenda of Leftists.