FOOD FOR THOUGHT

From: Hank Ashmore

The Deplorable Infidel

 

THE FISCAL BURDEN OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ON UNITED STATES TAXPAYERS (2017)

A continually growing population of illegal aliens, along with the federal government’s ineffective to secure our borders, present significant national security and public safety threats to the United States. They also have a severely negative impact on the nation’s taxpayers at the local, state, and national levels. Illegal immigration costs Americans billions of dollars each year. Illegal aliens are net consumers of taxpayer-funded services and the limited taxes paid by some segments of the illegal alien population are, in no way, significant enough to offset the growing burdens imposed on U.S, taxpayers by massive numbers of uninvited guests.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • In 2017, the total cost of illegal immigration for the United States – at the federal level, state, and local levels – was approximately $116 billion.
  • This number was arrived at by subtracting the tax revenue paid by illegal aliens – about $19 billion – from the economic impact of illegal migration, $134.9 billion.
  • In 2013, the estimated cost for illegal migration was approximately $113 billion. So, in under four years, the cost has risen nearly $3 billion.
  • Evidence shows that the tax payments made by illegal aliens fail to cover costs of the many services they consume.
  • A large percentage of illegal aliens who work in the underground economy frequently avoid paying any income tax at all.
  • Many illegal aliens actually receive a net cash profit through refundable tax credit programs!

The federal government spent a net amount of $45.8 billion on illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children in 2017. This amount includes expenditures for public education, medical care, justice enforcement initiatives, welfare programs and other miscellaneous costs. It also factors in the meager amount illegal aliens pay to the federal government in income, social security, Medicare and excise taxes. The approximately $46 billion in federal expenditures attributable to illegal aliens is staggering. Assuming an illegal alien population of approximately 12.5 million illegal aliens and 4.2 million U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, that amounts to roughly $2,746 per illegal alien, per year. For the sake of comparison, the average college student receives only $4,800 in federal loans each year.

The combined total of state and local government general expenditures on illegal aliens is $18.6 billion. The services referred in this section are supported directly by the payment of city and state taxes and related fees. At the state level, examples of general expenditures would be the costs of general governance, fire departments, garbage collection, street cleaning and maintenance, etc. The state, county or municipality – or even a special taxing district in some situations – may provide some of these services. In most cases, localities offer more services than the state. There is approximately a 65 percent to 35 percent cost share between local and state governments.

The combined total of state and local government general expenditures on illegal aliens in 2017 was $18.6 billon. Even though the cost of illegal immigration borne by taxpayers at the federal level are staggering, they only pale in comparison to the fiscal burden shouldered by taxpayers at the state level. Most government taxes and fees to government by Americans are paid in forms other than income taxes to the IRS on April 15th. There are city and state income taxes, fuel surcharges, sales and property taxes, etc… States and localities also bear the main burden for cost associated with public education, city and county infrastructure, and local courts and jails. A further complication is that the fact that, while barred from many federal benefits, state laws allow illegal aliens to access many state-funded welfare programs. Because so little data is collected on the immigration status of individuals collection benefits, it is difficult to determine the rate at which illegal aliens use welfare programs. However, based on the average income of illegal alien households, it appears they use these programs at a rate higher than lawfully present aliens or citizens!

Every concerned American citizen should be asking our government why, in a time of increasing costs, shrinking resources, and a federal debt of over $22 trillion is it spending large amounts of money on individuals who have no right, nor authorization, to be in the United State? This is an especially important question in view that the illegal alien beneficiaries of American taxpayer largess offset very little of the enormous costs of their presence by the payment of taxes. Meanwhile, average Americans pay approximately 30% of their income in taxes. When the federal benefits for the first responders at the World Trade Center ran out, they had to fight the Federal Government to extend the benefits to pay for their medical conditions. This goes to show how the members of Congress don’t give a damn about their constituents. These illegal aliens means votes for the Democrats in future elections. Gaining and keeping power is more important to them than solving the nation’s problems. To Hell with all of them.

The Deplorable Infidel (source: Matt O’Brien and Spencer Raley, FAIR)

 

AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE INFIDEL

I live on a golf course. Last winter a flock of black birds were feeding on the fairway. When one would fly, all of them would fly. When one would land, all of them would land. That reminded me of the Black Caucus in Congress. When one votes one way, all of them vote that way. When one protests, all of them protest. When one boycotts, all of them boycott. Maybe this is because they just can’t think for themselves.

 

WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY

A body of men holding themselves accountable to no one ought not to be trusted by anybody. – Thomas Paine

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