Illegal Immigration Costs Over $100 Billion Every Year, but Trump’s Wall will Cost Only $10 billion

Illegal immigration costs American taxpayers a mind-boggling $134.9 billion annually, according to a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that include education, medical, law enforcement and welfare. Conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a Washington D.C. nonprofit dedicated to studying immigration issues, the in-depth probe reveals that state and local taxpayers get stuck with an overwhelming chunk—$116 billion—of the burden. 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.

For state and local governments education is by far the largest expense, an eye-popping $44.4 billion that goes mostly to K-12 public schools nationwide, though over a billion of it is spent on college tuition assistance. General public services, described as expenses associated with garbage collection, fire departments and other locally-funded services total $18.5 billion for illegal aliens, the analysis found. Medical expenses came in third ($12.1 billion) for state and local governments and law enforcement ($10.8 billion) in fourth. FAIR researchers determined that a large percentage of illegal aliens work in the underground economy and frequently avoid paying income tax, leaving law-abiding, tax paying Americans to foot the exorbitant tab for public services. The report also breaks down expenditures by state, with the top four spenders to provide illegal alien benefits California ($23 billion), Texas ($10.9 billion), New York ($7.5 billion) and Florida ($6.3 billion).


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  1. The American people and taxpayer are against illegal immigration. The illegals are a burden on our country and our people. They burden our schools, our limited social servi es, they commit crimes, they refuse to assimilate. They are not wanted.

  2. The illegals also suppress wages and do not pay taxes. It is time to ramp up enforcement. Illegals are not wanted and not needed.

  3. All of us supporting illegals really hurts our country. Why would democrats and media delibrity want to hurt us all, even themselves. It’s really sad that they want to take down America. We were once such a great country.

  4. Added costs to Illegals:
    fraud, abuse, waste
    IE DACA crowd
    MS113 gangs, others.
    quality of life crimes, issues.
    reduce prop values
    See E LA CA, some sections back East, Baltimore, Miami,
    Pro Illegals vs pushing for Legal immigration venues.
    No skills to offer thus cant work for taxes for govt
    Vote Dem all the time

  5. ILLEGAL = CRIMINAL. These people have no right to be getting ANYTHING from the US Taxpayer! They are stealing from this country and her people. They ALL need to return to their country of citizenship and take their illegal families with them.

  6. The anchor baby crap started when LBJ thought that birth right citizenship would guarantee democrat rule for infinity.. Please Please interpret the 14th amendment properly.. I am sure the 14th amendment did not mean that illegals were to be rewarded for breaking U.S. immigration laws by giving illegals a blank check to screw over the taxpaying citizens of the USA. Parkland hospital in Dallas Tx. delivers more anchor babies than U.S. citizen babies yearly and all on the taxpayer nickel. Real estate and school taxes are double what they are in Florida and that can be answered by looking at all the illegal and anchor children of illegals who are costing local home owners to educate illegal’s progeny.. Please make English the law of the USA and stop coddling illegals and their progeny.

  7. Reporting this should be on Fox News CNN The Washington Post and every other news Outlet. I am a senior citizen with an extremely low income and any benefit that I get keeps going down and down and down because they have so many illegal immigrants in this country taking from programs that were meant for senior citizens with low incomes like myself.

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