The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) released a report Tuesday, that says the cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United States is a staggering $113 billion a year.
“If political leaders in Washington and state capitals want to understand why the American public is demanding enforcement of our immigration laws, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, provides 113 billion good reasons,” said Dan Stein, president of FAIR, in a news release Tuesday.
The report shows that $84.2 billion of the $113 billion is absorbed by state and local governments, and nearly $29 billion at the federal government level. Further, the study reveals that the cost to native-headed households is an average of $1,117 per year.
The study is “the first and most detailed look at the costs of illegal immigration ever done,” said Bob Dane, FAIR’s director of communications.
“[The report] provides a definitive response to the question of whether illegal aliens are a net benefit or a net drain on government coffers,” said Stein. “The report examines virtually every federal, state, and local government program to determine the impact of illegal immigration on the bottom line. That bottom line $113 billion a year, and growing makes our nation’s failure to control illegal immigration one of the largest preventable burdens borne by American taxpayers.”
According to the report, the largest single expenditure encumbering tax payers–almost entirely absorbed by state and local governments–is $52 billion spent on educating children of illegal immigrants.
FAIR’s research study also shows a state-by-state breakdown of dollars spent on illegal aliens. California is first on the list, spending almost $21.8 billion each year on illegals–$7.4 billion more than the state’s 2010/2011 budget deficit of $14.4 billion.
New York follows California, spending $9.5 billion each year; Texas, $8.9 billion; Florida, $5.5 billion; and Illinois, $4.6 billion.
According to the report, Utah taxpayers are spending $453 million a year on illegal immigrants. Arizona is 7th on the list, spending nearly $2.6 billion on illegal immigrants.
FAIR concludes it’s findings by saying, “The report notes that today’s debate over what to do about illegal aliens places the country at a crossroads. One choice is pursuing a strategy that discourages future illegal migration and increasingly diminishes the current illegal alien population through denial of job opportunities and deportations. The other choice would repeat the unfortunate decision made in 1986 to adopt an amnesty that invited continued illegal migration.”
Tuesday, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer over the state’s new immigration law. To read more on that story, click here.
To read FAIR’s complete report, click here.
Sources: Fox news and fairus.org
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