Report: DACA could cost US taxpayers $2.3 billion in food stamps


According to a new report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the DREAM Act would give around 3.25 million illegal aliens a pathway to U.S. citizenship, and 1.6 million of those recipients would later be eligible for federal benefits, including food stamps.

The DREAM Act is currently being considered in Congress. The expansive amnesty program would affect nearly 3.25 million illegal aliens, the estimated number of people who would be eligible for it. The report projects that later, 2-million would be eligible for permanent legal citizenship, and 1.6 million of those could obtain federal benefits.

That means “nearly one-in-five amnestied aliens could go on food stamps if Congress approves a DACA amnesty,” Breitbart News reports, putting 280,000 “young and employable” recipients on food stamps by 2027.

Furthermore, twenty thousand illegal aliens would be immediately eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, upon being granted amnesty.

The cost of DACA amnesty, according to the CBO report, could reach $2.3 billion on food stamps alone.

From the CBO report:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Under current law, legal permanent residents are eligible for SNAP benefits if they have been in LPR status for at least five years and meet the program’s income and asset requirements.

Such residents under the age of 18 are eligible for benefits without the five-year waiting period.

Under S. 1615, CBO estimates that of the people who would receive LPR status under this bill, 20,000 would newly receive SNAP benefits in 2019, rising to 280,000 by 2027.

In addition, CBO expects, the parents of about 10,000 citizen children would apply for SNAP benefits on their behalf.

By 2027, CBO projects, average annual benefits for those participants would be about $1,800.

Therefore, enacting S. 1615 would increase direct spending for SNAP benefits by $2.3 billion over the 2018-2027 period.

Breitbart News previously reported that, according to a recent Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) report, illegal aliens already cost American taxpayers approximately $8,075 each, or $116 billion annually.

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