ILLEGAL ALIEN TSUNAMI TO COST US TAXPAYERS BILLION$ ANNUALLY
NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
June 23, 2014
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With many American citizens feeling helpless -- and hopeless -- as they watch their nation's border security openly violated by illegal alien children -- some of whom are over 18-years-old -- a nonpartisan watchdog group reported on Thursday that the state of California alone spends upwards of $25 billion each year to provide human services to millions of lawbreakers.
"While President Barack Obama and many Democrats benefit from the influx of illegal aliens who may become Democrats themselves, it's the American taxpayers footing the bill for the politicians' future voters," said former police officer and security director Iris Aquino.
The group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), released a study that finds providing healthcare, education, law enforcement, and social services to a growing illegal alien population costs Californians $25.3 billion per year, according to the report.
The state's estimated 3 million illegal aliens and their 1.1 million U.S.–born children, known as anchor babies, cost the average California household -- headed by a U.S. citizen – $2,370 annually.
In a 2013 Examiner news story, it was reported that some state and local governments have expressed concerns about the impact that criminal aliens have on already overcrowded prisons and jails and that the federal government reimburses them for only 25 percent of the cost of incarcerating criminal aliens.
The education of illegal aliens' children or the American born children of illegal aliens is the largest burden to taxpayers at $14.4 billion each year. That includes standard public school education as well as English language instruction. Despite federal funding, which is but a fraction of the costs, the average amount taxpayers must pay $10,450 each year for each student.
The second-largest expense for the illegal alien population is law enforcement, courts and prison costs for illegal aliens who've committed crimes other than entering the U.S. unlawfully. The cost to California is said to be more than $4.4 billion, the FAIR study notes.
Meanwhile, healthcare for illegal aliens -- even before Obamacare -- costs taxpayers in California another $4 billion. The report finds that taxes collected from illegal aliens amounts to about $3.5 billion annually, and so claims that illegal immigrants "contribute more than they take" are spurious.
"Twenty-five billion dollars a year in costs associated with illegal immigration represents a fiscal crisis that affects California's ability to meet its basic obligations to citizens and legal residents. While clearly the Federal government bears responsibility for its failure, or refusal, to enforce our immigration laws, in California's case many of the burdens of illegal immigration are self-induced.
"Despite overwhelming evidence that illegal immigration represents an unsustainable fiscal burden to the state, the California Legislature and local governments across the state continue to provide new benefits, new services, and new privileges to illegal aliens, even as the state neglects the needs and concerns of other Californians. The costs will continue to grow so long as the state continues to reward illegal immigration and impedes immigration enforcement. California taxpayers will continue to be the losers in this unhappy scenario."
Overall, the report finds that:
• Funding the K-12 education for children who are themselves illegal aliens and for the citizen children of illegal aliens accounted for the largest share of the cost to taxpayers at $14.4 billion. These services included standard public school educations and supplemental English language instruction. Despite federal funding, the average per pupil expenditure is $10,450 each year.
• Justice and law enforcement costs — policing, court and incarceration — associated with illegal aliens soared to more than $4.4 billion.
• Medical services cost taxpayers approximately $4 billion, including $388 million associated with 68,000 births to illegal alien mothers.
• Public assistance — low-cost meal programs, free immunizations, etc. — are available to residents regardless of legal status. The $792 million price tag for these services is borne by California taxpayers.
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