Trump Administration Suppresses Report That Found Refugees Benefit America

Pauline Gross
September 21, 2017

Officials within the Trump administration recently rejected a draft report by the Department of Health and Human Services that found that refugees resettled in the U.S. contributed an estimated $63 billion more in federal, state, and local taxes in the last decade than they received in public benefits, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The Times report shows the White House is willfully ignoring and revising historical facts to suit its ideological agenda and immigration crackdown. The factual history of Trump's executive orders on the so-called Muslim travel ban and suspension of the refugee program shows a new administration hastily issuing poorly researched and vetted executive orders that a string of federal courts struck down as racially discriminatory and unconstitutional. The published report noted that refugees cost the HHS more per-capita than the rest of the population but omitted their contribution to the economy.

"Overall, this report estimated that the net fiscal impact of refugees was positive over the 10-year period, at $63 billion", the report said, according to the Times.

"For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region".

"In the coming weeks, President Trump will announce his decision on the number of refugees the USA will resettle in 2018".

A senior White House official was unaware of the exchange, according to Reuters, but said Trump was deeply interested in the subject and that "he would definitely engage if it were brought up".

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Trump, by contrast, has highlighted his goal of radically cutting refugee admissions.

The Trump administration is suppressing an internal executive branch report that found refugees admitted into the US add billions to federal revenues, a conclusion that runs counter to White House chief policy adviser Stephen Miller's anti-refugee narrative. Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the administration's controversial Muslim ban.

Miller has always been a proponent of reducing the number of non-citizens allowed into the United States, and a few months ago made headlines after getting into a heated debate with CNN's Jim Acosta about the value of immigration and the meaning behind the Statue of Liberty.

It would be less costly, it argued, if there were fewer refugees, since "each refugee admitted into the United States comes at the expense of helping a potentially greater number out of country".

As Trump deliberates privately about the issue, a coalition of human rights and religious groups as well as former national security officials in both parties has formed to encourage him not to allow the refugee cap to plummet.

Mass immigration allows certain countries to avoid reforms that would better serve their people because it "drains them of the human capital necessary to motivate and implement those reforms", Trump said.

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