Sunday, September 19, 2010

Undocumented immigrants cost citizen taxpayers

...Studies by two conservative groups have found American citizens pay a big price because of the illegal immigrants. The Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington-based group advocating tougher immigration policies, reports that the amount illegal immigrants pay in taxes leaves a deficit of more than $10 billion dollars a year when compared with what they cost the federal, state and local governments.

A recent study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) found that the government spends between $100 and $113 billion in outlays for services and benefits to illegal aliens and their families. About one of every five dollars of that comes out of federal coffers and the other four out of state and local pocketbooks. The study estimates the federal government gets back in taxes about a third of the $20-some billion of its costs while state and local governments get back about five percent of the approximately $85 billion that the undocumented immigrants cost American citizens.

The single largest outlay — $52 billion annually — is for the education of the children of illegal aliens, a cost born mostly by local and state governments. In Florida, the annual cost is estimated to be $1.7 billion, more than half of that for children who are citizens born in this country to undocumented parents.

If the illegals were evenly distributed in every state, the average cost to each citizen household to help them would be $1,117 a year. But since the largest number of undocumented immigrants is concentrated in half a dozen states like Florida, the cost to individual citizens in those states is more...

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