The cost of the program is estimated at $132 million annually and will cover 170,000 individuals ages 18 and under. The cost is an unreasonably low $776 per individual per year.
• Government programs are typically calculated far below actual cost as a means to gain approval of legislators and support of taxpayers. However, once the programs are in effect, the costs frequently adjust to reality. That reality is almost never lower than the original estimate and is nearly always much higher.
• Supporters of legalizing illegal aliens will, no doubt, note parents of recipients are not taxpayers and will use that fact as leverage to promote citizenship.
• Most taxpayers are white. Most illegal aliens and their children are not white.
• California's local and state debt is about $424.9 billion.
• The provision will, no doubt, encourage an increase in the migration of illegal aliens to California.
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A California budget deal announced this week would provide state-funded health care coverage to children living in the U.S. illegally, making the state the first in the nation to do so.
The deal between Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders would cover about 170,000 immigrants 18 and under and is expected to easily pass the state Senate and Assembly.
It would cost taxpayers an additional $40 million beginning in May 2016, and an estimated $132 million annually after the first year, according to the LA Times.
“The fact is that illegal immigrants cost about $60 billion a year—that is they receive $60 billion more in government benefits than they pay in taxes,” said Robert Rector, a senior research fellow on poverty and the U.S. welfare system for The Heritage Foundation. “The California action will simply make that tax higher.”
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