In the comically crowded field of Democratic presidential hopefuls looking to beat Donald J Trump in 2020, one candidate is definitely on the rise.
According to Fox News, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg polled third behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden in the latest University of New Hampshire Granite State Poll.
While Buttigieg appears to be surging, he made an odd observation during a CNN town hall on April 22, 2019 that has undoubtedly left some speechless.
Mayor Pete, as he’s so lovingly referred to by his admirers, claimed illegal immigrants are “subsidizing” citizens and legal residents according to an op-ed written by Nate Madden for TheBlaze.
The 2020 Democratic presidential contender’s reasoning for this bizarre statement was that illegal aliens pay taxes without receiving federal benefits. Referring to his city of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg remarked, “I would be delighted to have more people. We only have 100,000 because so many people left after the auto factories collapsed in the ’60s.
“We’ve got plenty of room for more residents and taxpayers who want to help fund the snowplowing and firefighters that I’ve got to have for 130,000 people’s worth of city, with only 100,000 people to pay for it.”
The openly gay 2020 Democratic presidential competitor went on to add, “And let us not forget that in many respects, from property taxes to sales taxes, undocumented immigrants are taxpayers, and the truth is, in many respects, because they are not eligible for a lot of benefits, they are subsidizing the rest of us, which is just one more reason we’ve got to get this sorted out.”
According to Madden, Buttigieg’s rosy talking point concerning illegal aliens has been making its way through liberal circles for a while.
But, is it really true? Are illegals actually paying sales, property, and payroll taxes while utilizing zero government services and getting no government benefits?
Madden noted that “Under federal immigration laws, even legal immigrants have various residency and work standards to meet before they can get federal benefits.
In fact, the Immigration and Nationality Act states that those seeking entry to the country or applying for green cards are ineligible if they are ‘likely at any time to become a public charge.’” So, apparently, the United States is supposed to turn away migrants who can’t fend for themselves once they arrive in the country.
Arguing how ignorant Buttigieg’s claims were, Madden said, “But if the U.S. were even moderately faithful in enforcing all its immigration laws to the letter, we wouldn’t have a full-blown border crisis on our hands.”
According to Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner, greater than 30,000 illegal aliens are currently residing in government-assisted houses.
Also, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries can receive federal government mortgages.
And, this isn’t all. Madden maintained that “Illegal immigrants with children born on U.S. soil are completely eligible for benefits. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 31 percent of these families receive food stamps (now called SNAP benefits). CIS also found in 2018 that 63 percent of households headed by a non-citizen use at least one welfare program.”
In 2017, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, FAIR, reported that the total price tag of illegal immigration for the nation, at the local, state, and federal levels, amounted to an estimated $116 billion.
FAIR also reported that this represented a $3 billion increase from the 2013 amount of $113 billion. On its website, FAIR claimed, “Evidence shows that the tax payments made by illegal aliens fail to cover the costs of the many services they consume.”
The organization noted that a high percentage of illegal immigrants work in the underground economy. As a result, they often avoid paying any income tax. Unbelievably, FAIR contended that “Many illegal aliens actually receive a net cash profit through refundable tax credit programs.”
Based on the real facts, Buttigieg might want to rethink his outrageous claim that illegal aliens “subsidize” American citizens and legal residents. And, before the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate starts inviting illegal immigrants to flood his city, he may want to put more effort into helping the people already living in it.
According to CNBC’s Tucker Higgins, those residing in South Bend, Indiana’s poorest neighborhoods say Buttigieg has left them behind.