The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers

Article author: 
Jack Martin and Eric A. Ruark
Article publisher: 
FAIR - Federation for American Immigration Reform
Article date: 
1 July 2010
Article category: 
Our American Future
Article Body: 

illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. the bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.

The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost u.s. taxpayers is an annual amount per native-headed household of nearly $1,000 after accounting for estimated tax collections. the fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality.

An education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.

Aat the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. at the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens...

State/local expenditures on Illegal Aliens ($M):

Colorado $1,451

In three recent state fiscal cost studies, we found estimates of uncompensated medical care for illegal aliens that appear to provide a median level of such outlays, i.e., $184 per year per illegal alien in Colorado...