How Much Do Illegals Cost Texas Taxpayers Each Year?


Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve shared how much illegals cost taxpayers in Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina. The combined cost to taxpayers in those three states amounts to over $4.8 billion a year. That’s a lot of money for states that most people don’t think about as having that many illegals.

But what about a state with substantially more illegals like Texas? How much do you think Texas taxpayers shell out every year for illegals?

To begin with, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimated that in 2010 there were around 1,810,000 illegals in Texas. I think it would be safe to say that  by now that figure has to have exceeded 2 million the way the Obama administration continues to welcome them in.

According to FAIR, in 2013 illegals cost Texas taxpayers $12.1 billion a year. That amounts to $1,197 for every Texas household headed by a native born or naturalized US citizen. Imagine having someone from the state government show up at your door to demand you pay your $1,197 so they can handle Obama’s illegals. I for one wouldn’t afford nor would I be willing to pay it if I could afford it.

FAIR calculated that in 2013, illegals paid a total of only $1.27 billion in taxes which includes sales taxes, property taxes, alcohol taxes and cigarette taxes. They didn’t break it down any further but I suspect that taxes on wages earned by illegals make up only a small portion of the revenue since most illegals are paid with cash without any tax withholdings.

Some argue that one way to reduce the financial burden incurred by illegals is to grant them amnesty and make them legal citizens, but studies show that will have little effect on the overall financial burden incurred by illegals. The only real way to reduce the financial burden is to reduce the number of illegals living in the state.

Arizona passed a law that holds employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegals. If caught, the penalties can be quite stiff. Supposedly, this has helped reduce some of the financial costs to the state incurred by illegals, but from my personal sources, I’m not so sure. If they can’t get hired, then they’ll have more need for assistance or will have a greater tendency to turn to crime, furthering the costs for law enforcement and judicial sectors.

Illegal immigration is a threat to America in many different ways and needs to be stopped and reversed YESTERDAY. We need to build a wall like the one in Yuma or Israel and station US troops along the border. We have a number of construction divisions in our military. Why not have them use their skills to extend the Yuma fence on to San Diego. We are already paying them to build, so this would completely eliminate the labor costs incurred by hiring non-military contractors. As the fence is built, have our military stationed along the fence to enforce border security. Give them the same equipment they are using in the Middle East to monitor the border and then give them instructions to use whatever force is necessary to ensure our national security.

It’s about time that our military protects our borders instead of those of other nations. We are under attack and we’re losing the war.

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