The Trump administration has rejected its own study after it showed that refugees contributed $63 billion more through taxes over 10 years than they cost the government, the New York Times reported.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services study, refugees “contributed an estimated 269.1 billion in revenues to all levels of government” through federal, state and local taxes from 2005 to 2014.
“Overall, this report estimated that the net fiscal impact of refugees was positive over the 10-year period, at $63 billion,” the report said.
The Hill added:
White House officials reportedly pushed back against those results and said that report was proved incorrect by a final study issued by the department.
The final study said “in an average year over the 10-year period, per-capita refugee costs for major H.H.S. programs totaled $3,300.”
“Per-person costs for the U.S. population were lower, at $2,500, reflecting a greater participation of refugees in H.H.S. programs, especially during their first four years” in the United States.
White House spokesman Raj Shah said the leaked draft report was “delivered by someone with an ideological agenda, not someone looking at hard data.”
“The actual report pursuant to the presidential memorandum shows that refugees with few skills coming from war-torn countries take more government benefits from the Department of Health and Human Services than the average population, and are not a net benefit to the U.S. economy,” Shah said.