Illegal-Alien Burden On Taxpayers Dwarfs Cost Of Deportation—CNN Targets Removal Price Tag, Ignores Annual $113 Billion Impact Of Illegal Population

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Recently, CNN availed North America incurring a roughly $10,000 price for every illegal immigrant returned—their motivator for why the US should let illegals stay. But FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform) Spokesman Ira Mehlman said, “It costs a lot more to allow people to remain here.”

[US Immigration & Customs Enforcement detaining an illegal alien. | Photo: US ICE]
According to FAIR’s estimated calculations, for the 13-million illegal aliens in the US, North American taxpayers endure nearly $113 billion in taxes annually.

A large portion of tax dollars go toward education. In 2010, FAIR crunched the numbers and discovered the US pays over $50 billion on educating illegal immigrants and their children—the majority of which is funded via local, property taxes and their respective state. Because of the Title I provision, federal funding kicks in over $1 billion!

Iowa takes a huge hit, as it pays over $300 million annually for ESL students—most of them being kids belonging to illegal aliens.


For education alone, FAIR’s 2016 analytics also availed California paying $16 billion, Texas pays $7.5 billion—Illinois and Florida both incurring nearly $3 billion. Again, these tax dollars are wasted annually.

According to FAIR’s Medicaid analytics, $1.6 billion goes toward illegal-alien children. The US dumps a separate $1.2 billion on Medicaid-funded childbirths: the company covers this due to an “anchor-baby” loophole enabling illegals’ children to automatically become North Americans.

But wait, in addition to the aforementioned $113 billion the US spends on illegal immigration alone, tack on more tax dollars paid for illegals’ criminal activity—e.g., gangs and how much they cost the US as a whole or individual-state neighborhoods.

“[Gangs are] another thing that we would love to include in our cost studies, because I assume that would be billions more,” Raley said. “Some of these costs we don’t know, so we can’t report,” FAIR Researcher Spencer Raley added. Raley will revise the 2010 analytics before 2018.

Throw in remittance too! Illegal Mexicans, Guatemalans, Hondurans, Haitians and more work here but distribute their earnings straight out of the US and into their native countries. According to the World Bank’s figures, the US ultimately loses $25 billion annually to Mexico by itself. (Our tax dollars…) That doesn’t include monetary losses from illegal laborers decreasing pay to US citizens—job displacement too!

[Anti-illegal-immigrant activist outside Washington DC’s US Supreme Court. | Circa 2012 | Photo: AFP/Getty Images]
While FAIR’s keeping a studious eye on deportations, they’re awaiting Team Trump’s forthcoming efforts.

FAIR Research Director Matt O’Brien, who was also an attorney for ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) and CIS (Citizenship & Immigration Service), said President Trump’s “blatant statements” precipitated a healthy decrease in border jumpers, but the effort to rid the US of illegals is “more complicated.” O’Brien stressed that CIS is “staffed with a bunch of open-borders advocates.”

However, Mehlman speculated deportation being easier. “For the 100 billion we’re now spending [per year], you could deport 10 million people, in theory,” he said.

Even with FAIR’s analytics, they’re not looking at a big wave of deportations. “What we need to do is start removing the incentive for people to stay here,” Mehlman added. “The IRS doesn’t audit every tax return. You do enough of it, and everybody gets the message.”

Mehlman explained that if the US “ramp[ed] up enforcement against employers” and mandated all companies to use E-Verify, it would be a good start. “There’s no technological impediment,” he said, referencing credit-card entities scanning infinitely many transactions daily, which prevent fraud too.

“The president has tried to use the authority that he has,” Mehlman noted. “But Congress needs to get its act together and act legislatively.”


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