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THE FISCAL BURDEN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

THE FISCAL BURDEN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

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Study of how much are the illegals costing the United States of America
Study of how much are the illegals costing the United States of America

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Published by: thecynicaleconomist on Jul 08, 2010
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THE FISCAL BURDEN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON
United States Taxpayers
BY JACK MARTIN
,
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS ANDERIC A
.
RUARK
,
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
JULY 2010
F E D E R A T I O N F O R A M E R I C A N I M M I G R A T I O N R E F O R M
 
Executive Summary
This report estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84.2 billion at the state and local level. The study alsoestimates tax collections from illegal alien workers, both those in the above-ground economy and those in theunderground economy. Those receipts do not come close to the level of expenditures and, in any case, aremisleading as an offset because over time unemployed and underemployed U.S. workers would replace illegalalien workers.
KEY FINDINGS
Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state andlocal level. The bulk of the costs — some $84.2 billion — are absorbed by state and localgovernments.
The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably becausethe greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends onthe size of the illegal alien population in that locality
Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, atan annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state andlocal governments.
At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegalaliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costsassociated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.
Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenuescollected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claimingtax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.
 With many state budgets in deficit, policymakers have an obligation to look for ways to reduce the fiscal burdenof illegal migration. California, facing a budget deficit of $14.4 billion in 2010-2011, is hit with an estimated$21.8 billion in annual expenditures on illegal aliens. New York’s $6.8 billion deficit is smaller than its $9.5billion in yearly illegal alien costs.The report examines the likely consequences if an amnesty for the illegal alien population were adopted similarto the one adopted in 1986. The report notes that the while tax collections from the illegal alien population
 
2The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers
 would likely increase only marginally, the new legal status would make them eligible for receiving Social Security retirement benefits that would further jeopardize the future of the already shaky system. An amnesty would alsoresult in this large population of illegal aliens becoming eligible for numerous social assistance programs availablefor low-income populations for which they are not now eligible. The overall result would, therefore, be anaccentuation of the already enormous fiscal burden.
Federal Outlays for Illegal Illegal Aliens

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