As President Donald Trump has warned, the cost of illegal immigrants on the U.S. is severe and presents a clear and present danger to our country. Now, a new report finds that illegal aliens cost us all $113 billion a year.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) recently put out a series of tweets noting how much the states pay to take care of illegals. For instance, here is the tweet laying out the cost to Washington state:
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) January 13, 2019
Another recent tweet by actor James Woods contained a list of how much the rest of the states pay. California, for instance, pays nearly 22 billion by itself. And New York spends nine and a half billion while Illinois wastes almost five billion to deal with illegals.
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— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 12, 2019
In its recent editorial, FAIR noted that the cost is a public safety threat:
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. 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 study examines the fiscal impact of illegal aliens as reflected in both federal and state budgets.
FAIR goes on to note the incredibly high cost of dealing with illegals:
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. This is a disturbing and unsustainable trend. The sections below will break down and further explain these numbers at the federal, state, and local levels.
Trump is right. This HAS to end.
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