A recent report out from the Federation for American Immigration Reform reveals the growing fiscal consequences of U.S. failures to decrease the number of illegal immigrants burdening the nation’s stretched education, healthcare and social welfare coffers.
Though illegal immigrants pay about $19 billion in combined federal, state and local taxes, the amount of money the government brings in is far outpaced by what it spends on the illegal population.
From the report:
At the federal, state, and local levels, taxpayers shell out approximately $134.9 billion to cover the costs incurred by the presence of more than 12.5 million illegal aliens, and about 4.2 million citizen children of illegal aliens. That amounts to a tax burden of approximately $8,075 per illegal alien family member and a total of $115,894,597,664. The total cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is both staggering and crippling. In 2013, FAIR estimated the total cost to be approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion.
State governments are hardest hit by the illegal immigration problem because most of the taxes payed by illegal immigrants end up in federal coffers even as states bear most of the burden of caring for the immigrants.
The combined total of state and local government general expenditures on illegal aliens is $18,571,428,571 billion. The services referenced in this section are supported directly by the payment of city and state taxes and related fees. At the state level, examples of general expenditures would be the costs of general governance, fire departments, garbage collection, street cleaning and maintenance, etc. The state, county or municipality — or even a special taxing district in some situations — may provide some of these services. In most cases, localities offer more services than the state. By FAIR’s estimate, there is approximately a 65 percent to 35 percent cost share between local and state governments.
Here’s a helpful breakdown of government spending and receipts on illegal aliens provided in the report:
FAIR’s Full Report: