Biden Administration’s Border Challenges
Republicans assert that the Biden administration’s lax approach to the southern border is imposing a hefty financial burden on American taxpayers, reaching nearly half a trillion dollars annually.
The House study delves into the costs incurred in providing essential services like education, healthcare, and law enforcement due to the surge in migrants.
Push for Impeachment
Amidst these revelations, House Republicans are intensifying their efforts to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
The report explicitly links the unprecedented crisis at the Southwest border to Mayorkas’ policies, framing mass illegal immigration as a substantial cost to both government entities and private individuals.
Record Numbers and Escalating Costs
Since President Biden’s inauguration in 2021, the US has witnessed over 5 million arrests of migrants attempting irregular crossings at the US-Mexico border.
Cost Estimates and Think Tanks’ Perspectives
The House study compiles estimates from various sources, including the Center for Immigration Studies and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
The $451 billion estimate from the Center for Immigration Studies and FAIR’s calculation of at least $151 billion annually highlight the significant financial repercussions of illegal immigration on taxpayers.
FAIR’s Perspective on Costs and Revenue
FAIR contends that federal and state governments spend $182 billion annually on services and benefits for non-legal aliens and their dependents.
Despite an offset of $31 billion in taxes collected from the estimated 15.5 million non-legal aliens in the US, the overall financial impact remains substantial.
Political Landscape and Impeachment Vote
As the House prepares to vote on whether to advance the impeachment proceedings against Mayorkas, the political landscape intensifies.
While a Republican-controlled House may likely pass the impeachment, a Senate trial, where Democrats hold a slim majority, is expected to result in Mayorkas’ exoneration.
Future Policy Considerations
With both Biden and Trump eyeing the 2024 elections, the report suggests potential shifts in immigration policies. If elected, Trump is reportedly planning a stringent expansion of his earlier administration’s immigration policies, introducing measures such as the roundup of undocumented immigrants into detention camps and increased deportations.