Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented by the current administration in June 2012. It allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. In November 2014, the current President announced changes to DACA which would expand it to include illegal immigrants who entered the country before 2010. It would eliminate the requirement that applicants be younger than 31 years old, and lengthen the renewable deferral period to three years. The Pew Research Center estimated that this would increase the number of eligible people by about 330,000. (Wikipedia)
On November 20, 2014, the current President announced a new deferred action program called Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, known as DAPA. With DAPA, the accompanying work authorization will be granted for a period of three years.
When the program goes into effected in May 2015, an undocumented individual living in the United States who, on the date of the announcement, is the parent of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident can apply for deferment. The applicant must have been in the United States since January 1, 2010 and have remained in the United States since then.
Illegal immigration is not something that is constantly on the minds of most voters, except maybe those living in states that border Mexico where most illegals cross into this country or states in close proximity to states on the Mexican border. However, it is something about which all Americans should be concerned.
In an article in investors.com, powered by Investor’s Business Daily, and authored by Phyllis Schlafly, the costs of these executive actions will come due only after the current President has left office. According to Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, these costs are horrendous.
Rector told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that the lifetime costs of Social Security and Medicare benefits paid to the millions of immigrants to whom the current President is granting legal status will be about $1.3 trillion.
Rector has further indicated that DAPA recipients, will receive $7.8 billion every year once they get access to the refundable earned income tax credit and the refundable additional child tax credit. Those recipients will also be allowed to claim credit for three years of illegal work, which will sock the U.S. taxpayers for another $23.5 billion.
This was confirmed by IRS Commissioner, John Koskinen, who told Congress on February 11 of this year that immigrants who didn’t pay any taxes or who used fake Social Security numbers will be able to claim back refunds once they get new Social Security numbers. Koskinen doesn’t know how much these tax refunds will cost and the White House never checked with him before announcing the amnesty.
Also according to Rector, the average DAPA-eligible family already receives about $6,600 a year in means-tested welfare benefits. These benefits include food stamps, school lunch and breakfast, Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Most of these welfare benefits go to households with children headed by a low-income employed adult.
Rector feels that the combined cost of means-tested welfare benefits that immigrants who come here illegally receive plus other goodies such as EITC and ACTC cash will encourage increased illegal immigration in the future. Of course, these illegals will be registered to vote and will vote Democrat.
Americans today are concerned more about jobs and about healthcare. Millions of Americans looking for jobs are out of work plus millions more have given up looking for work. Americans are also concerned about healthcare. I’ve heard that upwards of 80 million Americans lost their health plans and had to procure another health plan, many at increased costs and deductibles.
So, illegal immigration and the current President’s executive amnesty don’t seem to be major concerns for many Americans. How is this going to affect Social Security and Medicare? Those Americans, who are in their late fifties and beyond, may be able to collect their full social security benefits for a while. What’s going to happen to them in their later years if their benefits have to be cut drastically? Do they still have money to live off from their retirement savings? It might be a good idea to strive to live off Social Security exclusively for as long as you can and not go into retirement savings. And what about those who have nothing or very little in retirement savings? Remember, some of those folks have had to cash in their retirement account and pay early withdrawal penalties due to job losses and an economy where job growth has been miniscule.
And what about those who are not going to reach retirement age for ten or more years. What if you’re fifty? Will you be able to get the full Social Security benefits you were promised. And at age fifty, are you on the path to having enough saved?
Then what about those just starting out? Hopefully you have the knowledge that Social Security will probably not be there for you? These young adults may very well have student loans to pay off. Also, when you’re young, having nice clothes, driving a nice car, living in a nice place, and having some fun are important. The people in this age group may say, I can’t save for retirement now, but I’ll sign up for my 401(k) plan next month. And the beat goes on.
No age group is really in great shape. It hurts to think about this stuff and I try not to, just like everybody else. I’ll think about that tomorrow. Maybe the books I’m writing will make some money that I can put back. Maybe I’ll be able to make money off of my websites. I might have to get a day job for a while. Maybe I’ll die earlier than most of the women on both sides of my family because I won’t have access to the quality of health care that my mother and grandmother had access to.
And let’s not forget that the baby boomers are retiring in droves and that’s not going to stop for a while.