Donald Trump ordered the U.S. government to enforce a decades-old law that requires Americans who bring migrants into the country to take financial responsibility if they claim welfare benefits, the president’s latest attempt to curb immigration.
The biggest shortcoming of both reports is that they count the public benefits utilized by U.S.-born children as costs incurred by the "immigrant-headed households" of which they are a part, at least until those children turn 18, that is, at which point they are counted as natives. The problem with this kind of creative accounting is that all children are 'costly' when they are young because they consume educational and health services without contributing any tax revenue. However, that situation reverses when they are working-age adults who, in a sense, 'pay back' in taxes what they consumed as children. So it is disingenuous to count them as a 'cost of immigration' one minute, and then as native-born taxpayers the next minute.