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Taxpayers in the United States will face a steep bill if the Trump administration signs legislation to extend legal status to so-called "Dreamers," the illegal aliens who arrived as children and are now protected under the Obama-holdover unlawful executive order known as DACA.
The cost of a legislation to legalize childhood arrivals is likely to be far higher than earlier attempts because of Obamacare's health insurance subsidies. The Affordable Care Act subsidizes the costs of health insurance for millions of Americans and would likely foot the bill for many of those whose residency in the U.S. would be legalized by the DREAM Act.
The numbers are striking. The DREAM Act of 2017, the most likely vehicle for extending DACA protections and making them permanent, would raise federal outlays by $115 billion dollars, according to a Breitbart News analysis. Nearly all of that would be paid for by additional deficit spending.
That may come as a surprise to lawmakers. The last time the DREAM Act was seriously considered, the Congressional Budget Office said that the bill would reduce budget deficits by about $1.4 billion over the following decade. But that bill prohibited those it legalized from receiving subsidies toward health insurance until they became permanent legal residents after ten years, while the current version of the bill does not.