As our federal government sues Arizona for the unimpeded right to ignore the law, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has a new report which indicates illegal immigration costs the United States $113 BILLION a year.
From Fox News:
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.
The 104-page study says most of that $113 billion cost is carried by the states and local governments, to the tune of $84.2 billion. Federal outlays for illegal aliens go to education, health care, welfare, legal costs and miscellaneous. The total cost per American household to deal with this problem is $1,117. Less than 5% of this cost is recouped through taxes that illegal aliens pay.
The report points out that some rather simple (but serious) enforcement efforts can make a big difference:
The Bush and Reid arguments ignore the fact that the influx of illegal aliens can be stemmed by effectively denying job opportunities to those illegally seeking them. When that happens, the illegal alien population will steadily decline through attrition. This is because there is already a combined effort by federal and local law enforcement agencies to detain and deport illegal aliens, and that effort is complemented by illegal aliens who leave on their own because they have lost their jobs here. In fiscal year 2008, DHS reported the removal [deportation] of 358,886 aliens. The number of deportations has been increasing as the cooperative program with local law enforcement agencies, i.e., 287(g) programs, have spread across the country — especially to local areas most impacted by illegal aliens. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration has restricted the effectiveness of these cooperative programs under pressure from illegal alien advocacy groups.
We have already seen the Arizona law working…before it even took effect. Illegal aliens saw the writing on the wall and began to self deport…unfortunately many of them to other states which had not demonstrated a commitment to dealing with the problem.
Amnesty proponents claim the problem is too big, that there are too many illegals, that we can’t do anything. That just doesn’t cut it. This is the nation that beat the greatest empire on earth for our independence. This is the nation that assaulted and took Normandy Beach and drove back the Nazi war machine in World War II. This is the nation that sent men to the moon…again and again and again.
We can do it. The only problem we have is that right now, we lack the will to do it. My mother used to tell me, “Can’t never could do anything.” She was right.
The bottom line? The report’s conclusion says it well:
The nation is at a crossroads. One path leads to accommodation and perpetuation of the nation’s costly illegal alien problem. The other sends a clear signal that the policies of accommodation have been reversed and illegal migration will no longer be tolerated. By choosing the correct path and following it unswervingly, the nation will not only be able to reduce a major fiscal burden on the U.S. taxpayer and improve national security, it will also be able to make strides in providing greater opportunity to today’s unemployed and underemployed citizens and legal residents.