CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Tens of thousands of children are illegally flooding the U.S. border, and could be costing you, the taxpayers, billions of dollars.
The Obama administration estimates 60,000 undocumented children will come into the United States this year. That’s ten times the number in 2011. Now, Washington is trying to figure out how to pay for their food, housing and transportation once these kids are in custody.
“If they don’t comport with immigration laws then they shouldn’t be allowed into the country. It could be an undue burden on the state and the communities and their resources,” said Paul Maleck of West Springfield.
The increase is forcing the administration to come to terms with a budget dilemma. According to administration estimates, the increase could cost U.S. taxpayers around $2 billion in 2015, more than double the cost this year.
“The costs are mostly the cost of keeping them once they’ve been caught at the border. Ironically enough, improved economy in the United States is why you see an increase in immigration,” said Karl Petrick, an economics professor at Western New England University.
However, the minors flooding over the border are often teenagers trying to escape poverty or violence. One teenager told 22News he thinks we should help.
“If they’re coming here for a better life then I don’t have a problem shedding some extra dollars to help them out,” said Angel Sanchez of West Springfield.
The Obama administration estimates the number of undocumented immigrants under 18 will likely double in 2015, to nearly 130,000. President Obama asked his Homeland Security chief to hold off on completing a review of U.S. deportation policies until the end of the summer.