A new report shows that Americans are paying an enormous amount more for the births of illegal immigrant children than for the funding that Congress plans to give to President Donald Trump’s border wall.
The data by the Census Bureau reveals that there were 297,000 births by women in the U.S. illegally in 2014.
The births by the illegal immigrants cost taxpayers approximately $2.4 billion — which is $800 million more than the approved budget for Trump’s border wall and is enough to pay for the wall over 10 years, The Washington Examiner reported.
The number of illegal immigrant births totaled 7.5 percent of all births, compared to the number of legal immigrants 12.4 percent of all births in the U.S. in 2014.
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According to the Center for Immigration Studies, in 2014, one in five births were by illegal and legal immigrants — totaling 791,000.
The report also showed that illegal immigrant mothers on Medicaid or uninsured amounted to 67 percent, compared to legal immigrant mothers at 47 percent and native mothers at 42 percent.
The report stated:
“The public cost of delivery or post-partum care is paid for by Medicaid under the ‘pregnancy care’ provision administered by the states. Medicaid will pay for a delivery in almost all cases if the mother is uninsured or has a low income, though some mothers without insurance may not even realize the program has paid health care providers. Illegal immigrants and most new legal immigrants are ineligible for Medicaid, but the program will still cover the cost of delivery and post-partum care for these mothers for at least a few months.”
The report showed that births by illegal immigrants costs taxpayers $2.4 billion — about $5.3 billion in total for legal and illegal immigrants.
As the Washington Examiner reported, the cost by taxpayers is one-fifth of the total cost to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall — the current $1.6 billion in the spending bill to fund the wall.
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The Senate voted in July to pass the spending bill of $1.6 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, however, the amount isn’t enough for the president’s funding for the wall, and this new data reveals taxpayers are paying more for illegal immigrant births.