Illegal aliens and their kids are costing U.S. taxpayers $135 billion per year, driven ever higher by free education, medical and law enforcement costs, according to a new study released by FAIR. Here are five things you need to know about the growing costs of illegal immigration for U.S. taxpayers.
1. The net cost of illegal immigration - $116 annually - falls on state and local governments by a ratio of roughly 2:1. ($89 billion vs $46 billion in federal expenditures).
2. While the costs of illegal immigration fall primarily on state and local governments, the taxes paid by illegal aliens wind up in federal coffers by a factor of 5:1.
3. The staggering total costs of illegal aliens and their children outweigh the taxes they pay to federal and state governments by a ratio of roughly 7:1, with costs at nearly $135 billion compared to tax revenues of about $19 billion.
4. The cost of 12.5 million illegal aliens and their 4.2 million citizen children amounts to approximately $8,075 per illegal alien and citizen child prior to taxes paid, or $6,940 per person after taxes are paid.
5. An estimated 35 percent of illegal aliens work in the underground economy, having no payroll taxes deducted from their earnings.
Dan Stein is the president of the Federation of Americans for Immigration Reform.