Illegal Immigration Costs U.S. $113 Billion a Year, Study Finds

ImmigrationEditor’s Note – When you look at previous studies that have shown that illegal immigrants are costing Florida $3 Billion a year, these national numbers appear to be in line.

Expect Obama and the far left faction pushing hard for Amnesty to immediately dismiss and downplay these claims, with the usual assistance from the media.  It is critical to their long term success to legalize the millions of  ‘undocumented Democrats’ in this country.

However, with multiples states on the verge of running out of money, and not having the luxury that the federal government has to print more, are we reaching the end of  misguided compassion and the beginning of self-survival?

 

Illegal Immigration Costs U.S. $113 Billion a Year, Study Finds

By Ed Barnes
FoxNews.com

The cost of harboring illegal immigrants in the United States is a staggering $113 billion a year — an average of $1,117 for every “native-headed” household in America — according to a study conducted by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

The study, a copy of which was provided to FoxNews.com, “is the first and most detailed look at the costs of illegal immigration ever done,” says Bob Dane, director of communications at FAIR, a conservative organization that seeks to end almost all immigration to the U.S. 

FAIR’s opponents in the bitter immigration debate describe the organization as “extremist,” though it is regularly called upon to testify before Congress.

The FAIR report comes as President Obama moves immigration reform to the top of his agenda, and it is likely to be a rallying point for those who oppose the president. At a speech Thursday at American University in Washington, D.C., Obama argued that the entire immigration system is broken and needs sweeping reforms. Among the changes he said are needed is “a path for [farm] workers to earn legal status,” which the president’s critics called an opening for a new amnesty program.

The single largest cost to the government of illegal immigration, according to the report, is an estimated $52 billion spent on schooling the children of illegals. “Nearly all those costs are absorbed by state and local governments,’ the report states.

“The most important finding of the study is the enormous cost to state and local governments due to lack of enforcement of our immigration laws,” wrote Jack Martin, the researcher who completed the study.

The report found that the federal government paid $28.6 billion in illegal related costs, and state and local governments paid $84.2 billion on an estimated 13 million undocumented residents. In his speech, Obama estimated that there are 11 million.

Read More – http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/07/02/immigration-costs-fair-amnesty-educations-costs-reform/

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