Brian Thomas reports that an investigation by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that illegal immigration costs American taxpayers nearly $135 billion each year.
The recently released report, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers (2017), found that the cost of illegal immigration is too monumental to ignore. The U.S. needs immigration reform.
From FAIR’s report:
At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of
illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member. These figures are before taxes paid by illegal aliens are factored in
The standard answer from the left concerning illegal immigration’s cost to taxpayers is that illegal aliens pay some taxes.
FAIR found that even factoring in taxes paid by illegal aliens, the total fiscal cost of illegal immigration on taxpayers stands at nearly $116 billion.
That’s $116 billion that state and local taxpayers are stuck with, all because of a failure to prevent illegal immigration and deport those who’ve ignored America’s immigration laws.
The report absolutely destroys the argument that the burden on American taxpayers is taken care of by illegal immigrants’ measly contributions to Uncle Sam.
“FAIR researchers determined that a large percentage of illegal aliens work in the underground economy,” Judicial Watch reports. “and frequently avoid paying income tax, leaving law-abiding, taxpaying Americans to foot the exorbitant tab for public services.”
From Judicial Watch:
State and local expenditures for services provided to illegal aliens total $88.9 billion and federal expenditures $45.8 billion, the analysis found. For those who claim illegal immigrants contribute by paying taxes, government figures show that only $19 billion was recouped by Uncle Sam.
“A continually growing population of illegal aliens, along with the federal government’s ineffective efforts to secure our borders, present significant national security and public safety threats to the United States,” the FAIR report states. “They also have a severely negative impact on the nation’s taxpayers at the local, state, and national levels. Illegal immigration costs Americans billions of dollars each year. Illegal aliens are net consumers of taxpayer-funded services and the limited taxes paid by some segments of the illegal alien population are, in no way, significant enough to offset the growing financial burdens imposed on U.S. taxpayers by massive numbers of uninvited guests.” This defies a myth, long promoted by influential open border groups, that illegal aliens pay their fair share of taxes.
More than 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their estimated 4.2 million citizen children benefit from the U.S. government’s generosity. The biggest expenditure ($17.14 billion) on the federal level is for medical services, which include uncompensated hospital costs, Medicaid births, Medicaid fraud and Medicaid benefits for U.S.-born children (anchor babies) of illegal immigrants. The second-largest federal expenditure is law enforcement and justice ($13.15 billion), which includes incarceration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations and an alien assistance program. The feds spend $8 billion on general government programs and $5.85 billion on welfare, which consists of free school meals, food stamps, a supplemental nutrition program known as Women Infants and Children (WIC) and temporary assistance for needy families. FAIR points out the profound impact that illegal immigration has on programs intended to provide services exclusively to low-income Americans.
Some of the largest expenses include:
EDUCATION: $44.4 billion
PUBLIC SERVICES: $18.5 billion
MEDICAL EXPENSES: $12.1 billion
California is hurt the most, spending $23 billion of taxpayers’ money yearly due to illegal immigration.
Texas, New York, and Florida are also in the top four, with billions of dollars in expenditures each year.