A survey conducted by the Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung reveals that a very small number of the recently arrived migrants from the Middle East and Africa have the necessary qualifications needed to fill jobs in Germany.
The findings contradict the claims of the German government, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Deutsche Bank that the illegal immigrants would benefit the country economically. Instead, the influx has expanded the welfare state and imposed additional burden on taxpaying German citizens.
While the United States has not experienced an influx of migrants comparable to that in Germany and other European countries, Obama has promised to initiate a “surge” and bring around 350 migrants per week into the country. The stated goal is 10,000 Syrian migrants by the end of fiscal 2016. The government says the migrants are “thoroughly vetted” and must go through a process that takes 18 to 24 months to complete.
However, if Obama’s migrants are similar to those now in Germany, the vetting process will not take into consideration the ability of the arrivals to support themselves and their families.
Illegal immigrants in America, primarily from Mexico and Central America, receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits per year, significantly more than the average “native” American household, at $4,431, according to a report on the cost of immigration released in May.
In total, welfare benefits for illegals cost the American taxpayer $103 billion.
“While it is important for Americans to understand the rate of welfare use among immigrants, expressing that use in dollar terms offers a more tangible metric that is tied to current debates over fiscal policy. With the nation facing a long-term budgetary deficit, this study helps illuminate immigration’s impact on the problem,” Jason Richwine, a Harvard educated analyst of immigration data, wrote in a report produced by the Center for Immigration Studies.
The report arrives on the heels of another study that found Obama is seeking $17,613 for every new illegal minor, more than many Social Security retirees receive. “Illegal immigrants are barred from directly accessing most (though not all) welfare programs, but they can receive welfare through their U.S.-born children. Legal immigrant households, which have greater eligibility for welfare, cost $6,378 on average,” Richwine writes.
Illegal Mexican and Central American immigrants on average perform low-age menial labor and at least contribute to the economy in some way. Immigrants from a third world and war-ravaged Middle East, however, as the recent German report notes, do not contribute and will instead impose a financial burden on the nation.