Illegal Immigrant Surge Not Showing Up for Required Court Dates, and Welfare Benefits (By the Way)

Gee, who could have seen this one coming?

The vast majority of the families and minors who where apprehended illegally entering the United States during the border surge of 2012-2014 have vanished to the interior of the U.S., according to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies.

According to CIS extrapolations from data obtained by Houston’s KPRC, few of those undocumented immigrants are actually legally allowed to remain in the county, but 91 percent have ignored requirements to appear in immigration court.

Here’s another interesting tidbit that isn’t really a surprise if you were paying attention:

Using the numbers detailed in the report, Vaughan was able to determine that there were more families than unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S. illegally, even though the problem was often described as an influx of children. Also, she found that at least 92 percent of family units were released into the U.S. even after being apprehended.

There’s no direct link reported (yet), but somehow I can’t help but connect this story with another one, found via the RI Taxpayers‘ daily newsletter.  According to a recent report by Michael Tanner and Charles Hughes, released by the Cato Institute, a few common welfare programs supply the equivalent of a pre-tax income of $43,330, equivalent to $20.83 per hour (if a person were actually foolish enough to work 52 40-hour workweeks to earn it).  Make note, please, that this number does not capture every benefit that’s available in Rhode Island.

According to the report’s Table 4, Rhode Island is number 4 in the country for giving more than the state’s median salary, through these programs.  The $43,330 in government assistance is 117.6% of the median salary of $36,858.

Call me crazy, but this doesn’t seem like a good formula for reviving Rhode Island’s economy.  I wonder if Governor-elect Gina Raimondo will turn this number around.  (Just kidding.)


Of the following two issues related to Rhode Island’s public schools, which one is a greater concern?

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