Biden border crisis, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), deportations, education, health care, illegal immigration, medicaid, perinatal coverage, prisons, Public Charge, public hospitals, taxes, Texas, welfare
Currently, illegal immigration costs Texas taxpayers over $850 million per year, and billions over time. Biden-Harris policies have made this worse, and will make this much worse – certainly well over a billion per year. Thus, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is leading “a 14-state coalition before the United States Supreme Court in defense of the “public-charge” rule, a federal law prohibiting immigration by aliens who are likely to rely on taxpayer-funded government programs.”
“March 31, 2021 | Press Release | Immigration
AG Paxton: Illegal Immigration Costs Texas Taxpayers Over $850 Million Each Year
As the border crisis caused by President Biden’s policies surges illegal immigration and escalates criminal activity, Attorney General Ken Paxton stands committed to upholding the law and protecting Texans. In his January lawsuit that halted the Biden administration’s unlawful 100-day freeze on deportations, Attorney General Paxton uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars that Texas taxpayers involuntarily spent on illegal aliens every year: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/ag-paxton-sues-biden-administration-demanding-immediate-halt-unlawful-deportation-freeze
* Texans pay between $579 million and $717 million each year for public hospital districts to provide uncompensated care for illegal aliens.
* Texans paid $152 million to house illegal criminal aliens for just one year.
* Texans pay between $62 million and $90 million to include illegal aliens in the state Emergency Medicaid program.
* Texans paid more than $1 million for The Family Violence Program to provide services to illegal aliens for one year.
* Texans pay between $30 million and $38 million per year on perinatal coverage for illegal aliens through the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
* Texans pay between $31 million and $63 million to educate unaccompanied alien children each year.
“Texans are hardworking and generous people, but the cost of illegal immigration is an unconscionable burden on the taxpayers of our great state. If we use the minimum estimated costs for services Texas provides to unlawfully present and undocumented aliens, taxpayers are shelling out an estimated $855 million every year,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Texas will always welcome those who legally immigrate, but we cannot continue forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for individuals who skirt the law and skip the line. I will continue to fight for justice, safety, and prosperity for all Texans.” https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/news/releases/ag-paxton-illegal-immigration-costs-texas-taxpayers-over-850-million-each-year
“March 30, 2021 | Press Release
AG Paxton Files Lawsuit Defending States Against Shocking Costs of Illegal Immigration
Attorney General Ken Paxton led a 14-state coalition before the United States Supreme Court in defense of the “public-charge” rule, a federal law prohibiting immigration by aliens who are likely to rely on taxpayer-funded government programs. Previously, an Illinois county and a left-wing non-profit sued the Trump Administration, challenging the public-charge rule, and the court blocked its enforcement. The United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a case regarding the rule, but President Biden refused to defend. Texas sought to defend the rule in the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and was denied. Subsequently, Texas filed this lawsuit with the Supreme Court.
“Texas taxpayers are forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars every year to sustain the services our state must provide to illegal aliens. Without the public-charge rule, our Medicaid budget and other vital services will explode and be spread too thin, costing taxpayers millions more and reducing the quality of service we can provide,” said Attorney General Paxton. “President Biden failed to work through the administrative rule-making process and left Texas, along with our neighboring states, vulnerable. This is a shameless attempt to unravel common-sense immigration policies favored by a strong majority of Texans, and it cannot stand.” Read a copy of the filing here.” https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/20/20A150/172422/20210319132528733_20A__%20Application.pdf
Paxton interview explaining that it costs taxpayers billions and more:
He explains that Bill Clinton formalized the public charge rule and that Trump expanded upon this. It’s because welfare for (illegal) immigrants was contributing to bankrupting the country: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_Responsibility_and_Work_Opportunity_Act#Immigrant_welfare
Some states have long made Americans liable for public charge of relatives, at least to a small degree.