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Illegal Immigration Costs the American Taxpayer $100 Billion Annually

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Illegal Immigration Costs the American Taxpayer $100 Billion Annually

Illegal Immigration Costs the American Taxpayer $100 Billion Annually
November 14
21:04 2018

A report conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates the cost of providing government benefits to illegal immigrants costs the American taxpayer $100 to $135 billion annually.

The report released in September of 2017 also estimates the number of illegal immigrants currently in the U.S. at around 12.5 million people, plus another 4.2 million children of those illegal immigrants. The Federal Government pays approximately $50 billion, while both state and local governments pay the additional $89 billion annually.

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Those numbers were cited during a recent Trump rally in Cleveland, Ohio by the President.

“Illegal immigration costs our country more than $100 billion every single year,” he said.

The President, referencing the FAIR Report on November 5th ahead of the midterm election, noted that the majority of this expense comes in the form of medical care and public schooling expenditures.

FAIR also concluded that illegal immigrants generate about $19 billion in taxes each year, bringing the net cost down to $116 billion annually.

While the FAIR report is one of the few studies to attempt to examine the overall financial costs of housing illegal immigrants, the actual numbers of illegal immigrants are hard to come by – no doubt because of political considerations.

In 2013, a study by the Heritage Foundation estimated that illegal immigration costs the government about $54.5 billion per year, less than half of the FAIR estimate.

The discrepancies lie in the actual number of Illegal immigrants in the United States. Most estimate the amount to be around 12.5 million, and that’s the number the FAIR report is based on.

However, the Pew Research Center estimated in 2016 that there were approximately 11.3 million Illegal immigrants within the United States, while the Center for Migration Studies put the number at around 10.8 million.

Another recent study, this one by Yale University, had the number of Illegal immigrants at almost double the FAIR report at well over 22 million Illegal immigrants.

Remarkably, the last review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) was released in 1995, over 21 years ago.

At that time the net cost of illegal immigration ranged between $2 and $19 billion a year. The report was published at a time when the Census Bureau estimated that approximately 3.5 to 4 million illegal immigrants resided within the United States.

Robert Rector was one of the senior research analysts in 2013 for the Heritage Foundation. He explained why the cost of housing illegal immigrants has skyrocketed within just the last decade.

“The reality is, as almost anyone would acknowledge, even outside the context of immigration, is that a person that only has a high school degree is very likely to receive more in government benefits and services than they pay in taxes. And of course, half of the illegals don’t have a high school degree.”


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  1. DAV
    DAV November 15, 20:20

    Also, electrify (non-lethal) the wall ! Get serious.

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    • NavyJR
      NavyJR November 15, 21:19

      Forget that; mount those microwave “cannons” on it with motion detectors. They are non-lethal but seriously discouraged even the Commandant when tested on him.

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  2. jkm
    jkm November 15, 20:33

    Just imagen how that money could be used to feed the American kids that have a hard time getting the proper nourishment on a daily basis…or how many Disabled Veterans could be helped with that money. I am amazed how the democrats would rather give our money away to illegals and other nations, instead of taking care of our own.

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  3. NavyJR
    NavyJR November 15, 21:18

    That number sounds frightfully low for the numbers that come through AZ alone annually, over the past 40 years; there isn’t a large swath leaving to keep it that low.

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  4. Nam Vet
    Nam Vet November 15, 21:31

    And how much does it’s cost for the ones in prison?

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  5. Penny One
    Penny One November 15, 22:08

    Welfare & housing assistance should be looked into also. If they are not here legally, I think we should cut off the welfare programs.

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  6. Cindy
    Cindy November 16, 06:59

    Although I feel sorry for the poor honest people living in the impoverished countries, they should come here legally. There are plenty of people waiting to do just that. First, the democraps are saying they don’t want more illegals, then years later they’re all for it. Illegals should never vote or get any of our hard earned money just because they jumped ship only to sink ours later. I was a democrat at one time. I don’t like to play politics or take sides, but their actions have made me believe that we have a great and honest president who is trying hard and most of the demos are in it for power, socialism and greed. They have gotten terribly disgusting with their far-left ideology. If they ever got more power (God forbid), we would be in serious trouble. They have the nerve to call our president a racist when they are the ones pretending to care. Have they to date? NO!!!!!!!!!!!! Even Obama was an anti-American racist. All of his leanings were toward the destruction of our beautiful country. It’s absolutely disgusting, but not surprising, that Soros, Clinton (DNC) are behind all the trouble we’re having. Soros is a Socialist Nazi and Clinton studied his leanings. Without them, we could take down all their followers. The small minds that think alike–don’t give an opinion, tell lies over and over again until people start believing them (Hitler) They are the racists, fear-mongers. Just beware for our children and their children in the future. Did you ever hear the democraps say what good they would do for this country? I haven’t. They preach hate!

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