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July 29, 2010

Illegal Immigration Cost Arizona Taxpayers $1.3 Billion A Year

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries

In a follow up to yesterday's post on Federal judge Susan Bolton's "misguided" ruling that blocked the meaningful parts of Arizona's immigration law, it seems appropriate to take a look at what Arizona's taxpayers are coughing up to pay for the federal government's failure to protect the border.

According to FAIR, analysis of the latest Census data indicates that Arizona's illegal immigrant population is costing the state's taxpayers about $1.3 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Even if the estimated tax contributions of illegal immigrant workers are subtracted, net outlays still amount to about $1.3 billion per year. The annual fiscal burden borne by Arizonans amounts to more than $700 per household headed by a native-born resident:

The $1.3 billion in costs incurred by Arizona taxpayers is comprised of outlays in the following areas:
  • Education. Based on estimates of the illegal immigrant population in Arizona and documented costs of K-12 schooling, Arizonans spend approximately $820 million annually on education for illegal immigrant children and for their U.S.-born siblings.

  • Health Care. Uncom-pensated medical outlays for health care provided to the state's illegal alien population is now estimated at about $400 million a year.

  • Incarceration. The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in Arizona prisons and jails amounts to about $80 million a year (not including the monetary costs of the crimes that led to their incarceration).

The unauthorized immigrant population pays some state and local taxes that go toward offsetting these costs, but they do not come near to matching the expenses. The total of such payments might generously be estimated at $257 million per year.
As the FAIR report goes on to point out, the fiscal costs of illegal immigration do not end with these three major cost items. The total costs of illegal immigration to the state's taxpayers would be considerably higher if other costs such as special English instruction, school nutrition programs, or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers were added into the equation.

Meanwhile, if you're a terrorist, a Mexican gang member or drug dealer, or just a plain vanilla illegal alien searching for a job in America with free healthcare, free food for your kids in school, and free education - courtesy of Arizona taxpayers, no problem. Just come on in to Arizona and do your thing, courtesy of Federal Judge Susan Bolten and the good ole guv'ment of the USA. And if you happen to have a baby while you're here, you get a bonus - you're kid instantly becomes an American citizen.

What a deal!

Posted by Richard at July 29, 2010 12:46 PM

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