A recent study found out that refugees make a positive economic impact in the United States, but according to a recent report, the Trump administration has rejected that study and said it is not true.
According to the New York Times, Trump administration officials rejected a draft report created by the Department of Health and Human Services that revealed refugees brought in over $63 billion more in government revenue over the past decade than they cost agencies.
According to the draft report, from 2005 to 2014, refugees “contributed an estimated 269.1 billion in revenues to all levels of government” through federal, state and local taxes.
“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.
But the Trump administration refused to accept these results and called them false.
The actual final report submitted 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.
According to White House spokesman Raj Shah, the original 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.
Is the administration trying to make refugees seem like a burden to the country? They are denying data that proves refugees contribute just so their fanbase will have something else to complain about.