(Patriot.Buzz) – Underscoring how taxpayer funds are indiscriminately funding the liberal agenda of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, the House Committee on Homeland Security, in a recent 49-page report, has highlighted the significant financial burden of the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border on American taxpayers.
The Republican-led committee estimates that nearly half a trillion dollars, approximately $451 billion, is lost annually in sectors like healthcare, law enforcement, education, and housing due to the influx of illegal immigration under the Biden administration.
This staggering figure accounts for the millions of illegal migrants allowed entry by Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’s Department of Homeland Security, as well as the 1.7 million so-called ‘gotaways.’ The report states, “Every day, millions of American taxpayer dollars are spent on costs directly associated with illegal immigration and the unprecedented crisis at the Southwest border sparked by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ policies.”
The report further criticizes the Biden administration for its “open borders” policies, attributing a massive cost burden to the federal and state governments, as well as to private citizens and businesses. The report also slams Secretary Mayorkas for enabling what it describes as “mass waste and abuse of taxpayer resources” by encouraging illegal border crossings and failing to detain or remove illegal aliens as required by law.
It cites the Center for Immigration Studies and the Federation for American Immigration Reform in its findings, with the latter estimating the annual net burden as of 2022 to be more than $150 billion.
The report details the expenses related to Medicaid for illegal immigrants, the fentanyl crisis, law enforcement costs, and the educational and housing needs of migrant children. It particularly highlights the challenges that cities like New York City face, where Mayor Eric Adams estimated that the city’s crisis could cost $12 billion by 2025.
Despite the staggering amount of taxpayer money directed at the migration crisis, the White House has requested an additional $14 billion for border operations and called for a comprehensive immigration reform bill, which Republicans have rejected due to its provision for a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
Conversely, Republicans have proposed their own immigration and border security legislation, focusing on border wall construction and limits on parole and asylum, but Democrats have rejected these measures.