Hillary Clinton’s proposal to accept an additional 65,000 Syrian refugees annually could potentially cost $403 billion in lifetime costs if implemented all four years in a hypothetical first term.
That’s according to a new analysis released Monday by the Senate subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest.
Currently, the Obama administration is planning to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal year 2016, which ends September 30.
In total, the Obama administration is planning to take in 85,000 refugees, while the original plan was to take in 100,000 refugees. Clinton’s proposal would potentially increase that number to 155,000 refugees entering the United States annually.
The total cost of refugees is not included in the resettlement budget provided to the Department of State and Department of Health and Human Services because of the myriad of social services refugees qualify for.
These social services include Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance For Needy Families, and other programs. (RELATED: Obama Administration Doesn’t Rack Loans Given To Refugees)
Robert Rector, a scholar at the Heritage Foundation, estimated the costs of local, state, and federal benefits for refugees and found that the lifetime cost of admitting 10,000 refugees is $6.5 billion.
If Hillary Clinton, were to employ her refugee plan in office, her first year would lead to an estimated lifetime cost to taxpayers of of $100.7 billion.
Four years of a Clinton presidency with that rate of refugee resettlement would have a lifetime cost of $403 billion to taxpayers.
These figures also do not include the costs that would come along with resettling the family members of those refugees in the United States.
One year after being resettled, refugees are allowed to obtain Lawful Resident Status — green cards — and petition for family members to come over to the United States.
Five years after entering the U.S., refugees are able to become naturalized citizens and further petition for family members to come over.
There is also a program known as “follow-to-join” which allows for refugees to petition within in their first two years of entry for the admittance of spouses and unmarried children.
Refugees can also enter the U.S. through “private sponsorship.” That would include either work authorizations, student visas or medical visas. These refugees would not fall under the cap set by the government.