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Trump Says Biden’s Amnesty Plan Will Strain Social Security, Medicare

 June 19, 2024

Former President Donald Trump has charged that President Joe Biden’s executive actions on amnesty jeopardize Social Security and Medicaid benefits for American seniors by making hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants eligible for these benefits.

Trump’s accusations regarding the pressure amnesty will put on federal entitlements follow Biden’s executive orders aimed at providing green cards and work visas to over half a million illegal aliens, as Breitbart reports.

On Tuesday, Biden issued two significant executive orders regarding immigration. The first directive allows approximately 500,000 illegal aliens who have lived in the United States for at least ten years and are married to American citizens to obtain green cards.

Furthermore, this order permits around 50,000 migrant children whose parents are illegal aliens and married to American citizens to also apply for green cards. This move could result in at least half a million illegal aliens becoming eligible for naturalized citizenship.

Trump and Allies Respond to Biden’s Orders

The second executive order from Biden grants work visas to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens, which includes recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program who have completed their studies at American universities.

Trump’s campaign spokeswoman, Karoline Leavitt, contended that Biden's amnesty will result in hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens being added to Social Security and Medicaid rolls. Leavitt emphasized that these actions will strain resources that are intended for American seniors who have contributed to these programs throughout their working lives.

Concerns About Financial Strain on Social Security

Research conducted by Jason Richwine at the Center for Immigration Studies supports Leavitt's claims. Richwine's findings reveal that granting amnesty would impose substantial costs on Social Security and Medicare trust funds. He asserts that converting illegal aliens into recipients would make them "net drains" on these systems, as they would receive more in benefits than they contribute in taxes.

According to Richwine, illegal immigrants generally earn lower wages and work fewer years in the U.S. compared to the average citizen. This discrepancy means that amnesty would provide them an above-average return on their contributions, further exacerbating the financial strain on these essential programs.

Projected Costs of the Amnesty Orders

Richwine provided a dire prediction: if 10 million illegal immigrants were to receive amnesty, the total cost to Social Security and Medicare could be around $1.3 trillion. This figure represents a significant financial burden, equivalent to a one-time transfer of six percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

In relation to Biden's current amnesty orders, Richwine estimated that the cost to Social Security and Medicare could be $71 billion. These figures have raised alarms among critics who fear the long-term sustainability of Social Security and Medicare under these new policies.

Impacts on Public Services and Crime Rates

Leavitt also warned of broader implications beyond the financial strain on federal programs. She argued that Biden's amnesty plan could lead to an increase in migrant crime and overwhelm public services. She stated that this new policy not only creates an economic burden but also acts as an invitation for further illegal immigration.

"Biden's mass amnesty plan will undoubtedly lead to a greater surge in migrant crime," Leavitt remarked. "It will cost taxpayers millions of dollars they cannot afford, overwhelm public services, and steal Social Security and Medicare benefits from American seniors to fund benefits for illegals—draining the programs Americans paid into their entire working lives."

Implications for Future Immigration Policies

Richwine added to the debate by stressing the unique fiscal challenges posed by amnesty. "Amnesty would require the government to bear the added cost of these recipients’ status as new beneficiaries without the added revenue that would normally come from new contributors," he noted.

He further emphasized that many illegal immigrants tend to earn less and work fewer years in the United States compared to other participants. This factor means that amnesty will provide them with an above-average return on their contributions, further burdening the systems designed to support American retirees.

Ongoing Political Reactions and Public Opinions

As the political discourse surrounding Biden's executive orders continues, both supporters and critics are voicing their opinions.

Proponents argue that providing a path to citizenship for long-term residents and those contributing to the economy is a humane and necessary step.

Critics, however, remain adamant that the potential costs and unintended consequences, such as increased strain on public resources and elevated crime rates, outweigh the benefits of such widespread amnesty.


In summary, Trump’s accusations against Biden’s recent amnesty orders have sparked an intense debate over the future of Social Security and Medicaid.

With research indicating a potential financial strain on these federal programs and concerns about increasing public service demands, the conversation surrounding immigration reform continues to grow in complexity and urgency.