Meanwhile, they remain a drain on your resources and often ruin your society with gun running, kidnappings, rapes and terrorism (Afghans in Pakistan and Iran).
Trump isn't all wrong, I'm sorry to say.
#4 | Posted by J_Tremain
That may apply Pakistan but it does not apply to America and even many European countries.
So Trump is wrong, as usual. If he is trying to say that they are a drain on American resources there is no hard and fast data that says they are. Of course, Trump never has hard and fast data to support anything he says. IN fact, studies consistently show that immigrants and refugees and undocumented aliens taken together put more into the system than they take. Also, Refugees actually can in many instance boost local economies such as in Utica, New York.
Utica, New York, is known as "the town that loves refugees." Why? Welcoming in refugees turned around Utica's economic decline.
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 cut back on welfare extended to immigrants. It categorized green card holders and refugees granted asylum as "qualified," and all other immigrants -- including undocumented workers and many people lawfully here in the United States -- as "not qualified" and therefore ineligible for welfare. But the law stipulated that even qualified immigrants had to spend five years in the United States before they could apply for benefits like Medicaid, food stamps, or cash assistance for families with children.
Groups like The American Immigration Council have long argued that, contra conservative depictions of "moocher," immigrants have long given more to the welfare system than they take from it. "In one estimate, immigrants earn about $240 billion a year, pay about $90 billion a year in taxes, and use about $5 billion in public benefits," a 2010 report by the Council found.
A report by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2013 found that "more than half of undocumented immigrants have federal and state income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes automatically deducted from their paychecks." Those immigrants are essentially helping to underwrite the welfare system, providing an enormous subsidy to it every year without being able to reap any of the benefits.