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The U.S. Census Bureau showed that the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) reached nearly 38 million in March 2007, one-third of which are comprised of illegal immigrants.

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Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014

Illegal Immigration Statistics

A study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that illegal immigration now costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year. The report, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers, is the most comprehensive analysis of how much the estimated 13 million illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children cost the federal, state and local governments.

The cost estimates are based on an extensive analysis of federal, state and local spending data. The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers examines dozens of government programs that are available to illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children, both legally and fraudulently. The report provides detailed analysis of the impact of illegal immigration on education, health care, law enforcement and justice, public assistance, and other government programs.

The report also accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion. However, the study notes that government at all levels would likely have realized significantly greater revenues if jobs held by illegal aliens had been filled by legal U.S. residents instead.

Federal spending on illegal aliens amounts to $29 billion, finds Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers. The lion’s share of the costs of illegal immigration is borne by state and local taxpayers an estimated $84.2 billion. In 18 states, expenditures on illegal aliens exceeded the size of those states’ budget deficits in FY 2009.

Among the key findings of The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers:

  • The $113 billion in outlays for services and benefits to illegal aliens and their families represents an average cost to native-headed households of $1,117 a year. Because the burdens of illegal immigration are not evenly distributed, the costs are much higher in states with large illegal alien populations.
  • Education for the children of illegal aliens represents the single largest public expenditure at an annual cost of $52 billion. Nearly all of that cost is absorbed by state and local governments.
  • The federal government recoups about one-third of its share of the costs of illegal immigration in the form of taxes collected. States, which bear a much greater share of the costs, recoup a mere 5 percent of their expenditures from taxes paid by illegal aliens.
  • Granting amnesty to illegal aliens, as President Obama and others propose, would not significantly increase tax revenues generated by current illegal aliens. However, over time, amnesty would dramatically increase public costs as newly-legalized aliens become eligible for all means-tested government programs.
  • Arizona’s annual cost of illegal immigration is $2.5 billion.
The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers provides a definitive response to the question of whether illegal aliens are a net benefit or a net drain on government coffers,” stated Dan Stein president of FAIR. “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.”
"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,” Stein concluded.

Read the report.

Illegal Immigration Statistics

$113,000,000,000

This year's cost of US illegal immigration. Approximately 75% of that cost is absorbed by the states.

$1117

The average amount you and your family paid in taxes this year to support illegals.

$52,000,000,000

The cost of educating the children of illegals. This is by far the single largest cost to the American taxpayer.

$2,700

The average dollar amount a single illegal household costs the US federal government.

51%

The percentage of Mexican immigrant households that use at least one major welfare program. 28% use more than one.

1,400,000

The number of illegal immigrant households that use at least one major welfare program (food stamps, WIC, school lunch, Medicaid, TANF, SSI, and public/rent-subsidized housing).

4 comments

  • Comment Link posted by John Smith

    "Statistics are statistics, but that doesn't make them 100% true"
    Actually, unless they are fabricated, they are 100% true. That is kind of the point.

    "She use to have to pay $3,000 dollars for each class she took in college. Why? because she was undocumented"
    Again, you are absolutely wrong. That's called out of state tuition costs. American citizens going to college in states theyre not residents in, pay higher rates than that even at state schools. Some states, such as Arizona and Texas, have hundreds to thousands of scholarships that are specifically targeted at the children of illegal aliens and "undocumented", illegal underage aliens going to college.

    "Just because we want better lives we are attacked and called "aliens". "
    Here are the first two definitions of the word "alien".
    n.1. An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
    2. A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
    You're called alien, because that's exactly what you are.

    "WE ARE NOT ALL CRIMINALS"
    What do you call someone in the process of knowingly breaking the law? Did you miss the first word in the phrase "illegal alien"?

    "Millions are separated from their families because you keep on trying to deport us, and in many cases, we haven't done anything wrong. "
    Other than illegally come to America and be a drain on our economy. If they didn't want to be separated from their families the solution is simply, stay in Mexico. Your own mother left your 4 year old sister and you want to blame the US for separating families. That is pure unadulterated lunacy.

    Friday, 09 August 2013 15:13
  • Comment Link posted by Kathryn

    My name is Kathryn. I'm 16 years old. I went looking through some site because i'm writing an essay for my college Composition class on why illegal immigrants SHOULD have the chance to reach citizenship. I'm the child and sibling of an illegal immigrant and know what they go through. Statistics are statistics, but that doesn't make them 100% true. I know most Americans born to American parents don't know how much a immigrant suffers. My mother has worked hard to come to this country leaving my sister at the age of 4 in her original country,she went through hell to get to this country and finally receive her workers permit (not a residency just a permission to work) and has always strive to do the best for my siblings and I. She never took welfare or any other government benefit, always pays her taxes,and my younger brother and i pay full price for lunch and always have. My sister wasn't legal until a few months ago due to the Deferred Action given in August 2012. She use to have to pay $3,000 dollars for each class she took in college. Why? because she was undocumented. Why am I saying this? Not for your pity but to reach the conscience of those who are against illegal immigrants of striving in this country. It angers me to here people set a stereotype for all illegal immigrants. Just because we want better lives we are attacked and called "aliens". WE ARE NOT ALIENS. WE ARE NOT ALL CRIMINALS. the only thing we've done wrong is come to this country illegally. Many people ask, "Why don't you guys come to America with Visas?" Because the process of even attempting to receive a Visa is almost impossible for an immigrant. In my mother's case, she didn't qualify. The government expects you to have a massive amount of money and know at least one person in America, who is legal. Only receiving 5 dollars a day, that part of the process was impossible.I wanted to express this because instead of wanting to end our stay in this great nation look for a compromise. Millions are separated from their families because you keep on trying to deport us, and in many cases, we haven't done anything wrong. Take this into thought. Yes, protect the borders, but don't go against those who are here just trying to make a living doing jobs that most Americans wouldn't even be caught dead doing. If you read this all, thank you for taking your time and listening from someone who's witnessed it.

    Thursday, 02 May 2013 20:10
  • Comment Link posted by Alejandra

    I believe every kid should have the right to learn

    Thursday, 02 May 2013 12:03
  • Comment Link posted by lesileeee

    * but we are helping the immigrants with a lot of stuff. they came to the U.S. for a reason so the least we could do is help them.

    Tuesday, 02 April 2013 19:29

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