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1-in-5 Illegal Aliens Would Go on Food Stamps After Amnesty, Says CBO

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Nearly one-in-five amnestied aliens could go on food stamps if Congress approves a DACA amnesty, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.

The DREAM Act, which is the most expansive amnesty being considered in the Republican-controlled Congress, would give potentially 3.25 million illegal aliens a pathway to U.S. citizenship.

Roughly two million of those 3.25 million illegal aliens would be immediately eligible for amnesty under the DREAM Act, says a newly released report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).  Around 1.6 million of the two million would later obtain green cards and become eligible for federal benefits.

Some 17.5 percent of DREAM Act illegal aliens, or 280,000 former illegals, would be on food stamps by 2027 — even though they are young and employable —  according to the CBO. Twenty thousand of those illegal aliens would be immediately eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits after the amnesty.

The CBO report states that under the DREAM Act, American taxpayers would spend $2.3 billion just on food stamps for the newly amnestied illegal aliens between 2018 to 2027, with more illegal aliens expected to join the welfare program after that period.

The CBO report reveals:

The cost of DACA amnesty would be placed on top of the costs that Americans already pay every year due to illegal immigration into the U.S.

As Breitbart News reported, the most recent Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) report reveals that an illegal alien costs each American taxpayer approximately $8,075, totaling a burden of roughly $116 billion annually.

Researchers with FAIR said the finding was both a “disturbing and unsustainable trend,” as the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers has risen nearly $3 billion since 2013, when illegal immigration cost $113 billion.

The study directly challenged research by libertarian think tanks and open borders organizations, which claim that illegal immigrants and amnesties are net-gains for American taxpayers.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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