The Massive Cost Of Obama's 10K Syrian Refugees
by Brendan Kirby, LifeZette
President Obama on Monday reached his goal of resettling an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees in the United States — but the costs to American taxpayers are just beginning.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice made the announcement Monday that the 10,000th refugee would arrive in the afternoon. Critics have primarily focused on security concerns raised by the prospect of admitting refugees from war-torn Syria when U.S. national security officials have said they cannot guarantee terrorists will not slip into the refugee stream.
But equally troubling, perhaps, should be the cost that refugees will impose on taxpayers. In addition to the upfront costs of transporting the refugees and setting them up in communities across the country, they — unlike other immigrants — can immediately receive a full range of social welfare benefits from the federal government.
Robert Rector, a scholar at The Heritage Foundation, has estimated that the total net cost of resettling a single refugee from the Middle East is about $130,000 a year, or $130 million a year for the 10,000 who have entered since the start of the current fiscal year in October.