Trump rejects findings on net benefit of immigration | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Trump rejects findings on net benefit of immigration

Posted By on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 7:18 AM

click to enlarge DREAMERS: A protest of Trump's decision not to extend protections for immigrants who came to America as children.  A suppressed report indicates all immigration is a positive economic benefit to the U.S., but the administration isn't buying it.
  • DREAMERS: A protest of Trump's decision not to extend protections for immigrants who came to America as children. A suppressed report indicates all immigration is a positive economic benefit to the U.S., but the administration isn't buying it.
The Trump administration has rejected a study that concludes immigrants produce more through taxes and labor than they cost the federal government.

To do so, it had to jigger with the study.

Would Arkansas be better off, as a state government or as an economy, without the rich contributions of immigrants? (Again, never mind the richness they add culturally.)

The Trump administration is searching for a basis to reduce immigration levels.

Advocates of the program inside and outside the administration say refugees are a major benefit to the United States, paying more in taxes than they consume in public benefits, and filling jobs in service industries that others will not. But research documenting their fiscal upside — prepared for a report mandated by Mr. Trump in a March presidential memorandum implementing his travel ban — never made its way to the White House. Some of those proponents believe the report was suppressed.

The internal study, which was completed in late July but never publicly released, found that refugees “contributed an estimated $269.1 billion in revenues to all levels of government” between 2005 and 2014 through the payment of federal, state and local taxes. “Overall, this report estimated that the net fiscal impact of refugees was positive over the 10-year period, at $63 billion.”

But White House officials said those conclusions were illegitimate and politically motivated, and were disproved by the final report issued by the agency, which asserts that the per-capita cost of a refugee is higher than that of an American.

“This leak was delivered by someone with an ideological agenda, not someone looking at hard data,” said Raj Shah, a White House spokesman. “The actual report pursuant to the presidential memorandum shows that refugees with few skills coming from war-torn countries take more government benefits from the Department of Health and Human Services than the average population, and are not a net benefit to the U.S. economy.”

You read correctly. The Trump administration omitted benefits generated by immigrants, including taxes paid, in tallying their cost. Did someone say ideological agenda?



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