Illegal immigration is extremely costly for U.S. taxpayers each year. Now, we know exactly how much.
What are the numbers?
According to data from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the fiscal burden of illegal immigration this year will top nearly $135 billion. Of that, $89 billion is the burden on states and $46 billion is burden on the federal government.
The net, however, is a little less. According to FAIR, illegal immigrants will contribute about $19 billion in tax revenue this year — $15 billion to the feds, $3.5 billion to the states — bringing the total burden down to about $116 billion. The costs FAIR calculated included expenditures from welfare, education, health care, law enforcement and other basic societal needs.
HowMuch.net found that states closest to the border, states on the East Coast and the most populous states paid the most, while states away from the border and states that have less people will pay less.
Where does my state stack up?
Below are the 10 states that will spend the most this year:
- California: $23,038,125,353
- Texas: $10,994,614,550
- New York: $7,489,141,357
- Florida: $6,290,429,108
- New Jersey:$4,466,838,574
- Illinois: $3,220,767,517
- Georgia: $2,487,719,503
- North Carolina: $2,437,965,113
- Maryland: $2,378,996,947
- Arizona: $2,314,131,964
Meanwhile, Wyoming, West Virginia, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Maine are the states being affected by illegal immigration the least. They each spent less than $43 million this year on it.
— How Much (@howmuch_net) November 29, 2017