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.
Most Americans know our basic laws regarding illegal immigration. It is illegal to enter the United States without permission. The first time an illegal immigrant is caught in the US it is a misdemeanor civil offense. This is because we want to be able to quickly return illegal aliens to Mexico or Canada when they are caught at the border without the rigors of a jury trial. After the first offense, being caught a second time is a felony.
The official legal language found in the US law codes and provisions for a person who unlawfully enters the US or overstays their visa is an illegal alien. Undocumented workers is a political term or slogan crafted by biased members of the media, illegal aliens, and amnesty-supporting groups.
Are you an American who is concerned and wants to stop, end, and reverse illegal immigration? The answer is simple, but the path to the solution is complex. If you simply want our existing immigration laws strengthened and fully enforced, then you need to get involved politically.