The financial burden of accepting refugees has received little media attention, given the number of words published and the tenor of public protests and even riots over President Trump's controversial executive order to limit, temporarily, the number of refugees admitted to the United States. According to a study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (September 2016), and a study by the Center for Immigration Studies (November 2015), the approximately 519,000 refugees allowed into the country since October 2009 will cost the federal government around $4.1 billion in 2017 alone.
 
The $4.1 billion, however, does not contemplate the secondary costs to local and state governments, such as police and education. According to the National Academy of Sciences study, these costs ran into about $57.4 billion annually from 2011 to 2013. Also, the direct costs of resettlement will continue at the level of at least $2 billion per year or as much as $4 billion until at least 2022. Moreover, the costs cited above do not include outlays for refugees still in the pipeline. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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