Skip to comments.$2.2 trillion illegal alien taxpayer sticker shock
Posted on 04/11/2007 6:06:58 AM PDT by radar101
2/3 of immigrants cost Americans $22,449 a year, shows new study.
WASHINGTON Someone has finally fixed an approximate taxpayer cost of between 12 million and 15 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S.
A new study by the Heritage Foundation's Robert Rector found a household headed by an individual without a high school education, including about two-thirds of illegal aliens, costs U.S. taxpayers more than $32,000 in federal, state and local benefits. That same family contributes an average of $9,000 a year in taxes, resulting in a net tax burden of $22,449 each year.
Over the course of the household's lifetime that tax burden translates to $1.1 million If the lower figure of 12 million illegal aliens is used for estimation purposes, the total tax burden translates to $2.2 trillion.
"Would any of us buy shares in a company that we knew would produce a loss of a million dollars a share," asks Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in response to the study. "Cheap labor is not cheap at the cost of over a million dollars per head of household."
Rector's study, "The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Households to the U.S. Taxpayer," examines the economics of the 17.7 million American households made up of people without a high-school degree. Using numbers from the Census Bureau, the Congressional Research Service, the Bureau of Labor Standards and other government agencies, Rector determined what they earn, what they spend and what they receive in government services.
About half of the 17.7 million households studied are illegal aliens. About two-thirds of illegal alien households are headed by someone without a high school degree. Only 10 percent of native-born Americans fit into that category.
"Over the next ten years the total cost of low-skill households to the taxpayer (immediate benefits minus taxes paid) is likely to be at least $3.9 trillion," Rector writes. "This number would go up significantly if changes in immigration policy lead to substantial increases in the number of low-skill immigrants entering the country and receiving services."
But I get my head of lettuce 5 cents cheaper, so who cares about the other costs. < /¡Muy sarcástico!>
This is OUTRAGEOUS! What is happening to our Country??? I doubt the 12 million number, it is more like 20 million, if that. Our elected officials have failed and continue to get re elected and do NOTHING to stop this. My congressional representative is Tom Tancredo and he can’t do it alone. I have written my leftist Senator Salazar and received a thank you response, he’s a flunky for the DemocRATS and as arrogant as they come, heaven help all of us with these kinds of morons and liars in Washington. They are only concerned with the global warming junk science, (this is the coldest April in over 100 years). How long can this go on with the ignorance and manipulation of too many voters.
Send them back home, along with a bill for $2.2 trillion, addressed to Felipe Calderon.
But think about all those getting rich using cheap labor.
Loads of corporations saving lots to make the bottom line look great.
PING to The Savage Nation!
(Not that the news in this article is a big surprise, we just didn’t know the exact amount......)
According to Bush, illegals are doing jobs Americans won’t do. Well if at the most, for instance, illegals are employed in 20 percent of the agricultural jobs...who does Bush think are doing the other EIGHTY FRIGGIN’ PERCENT OF THE JOBS!!!
Bush claims that they have deported six million illegals;
well if they deported six, they sure as heck can double their efforts and deport 12!
And for those who think that by the feds just fining employers who hire illegals and cutting off the benefits, that illegals will just pack up and go home;
MS-13 is taking applications THROUGHOUT AMERICA;
no experience necessary, must speak Spanish & no gringos need apply.
Deport ‘em all!
Ike did it, so can Bush!
No question that we are paying a fortune to subsidize those who employ illegals.
Corporate speical interests and drug money have bought the government lot stock and barrel.
Scout Out! Cavalry Ho!
Sam: get this news to Hunter!
Except that the number is probably more like 20-30 million illegal scumbag aliens. He knows deporting six million, if that actually has happened, still leaves plenty enough cheap labor in the US to be found.
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
whatever the number, Bush has failed miserably to secure the borders, fine employers who hire illegals and deport illegals.
at this point, all we do is wait for the next election and DEMAND that the immigration laws be ENFORCED!
Where is Ike when we need him most. LOL
The best approach to this problem is to do nothing.
One has to keep in mind that the most important issue here is for us to be reelected. We’re not likely to if we attack this problem head on so the most expedient thing we can do is to pass this issue on to our grandkids. In the meantime let’s focus on issues that will keep us in power.
Gay marriage, abortion, Anna Nicole Smith, American Idol scandals should be presented to the press as the most important issues of the day.
Your elected representative
That's what I've been saying for years - "Illegal aliens save you a nickel on a head of lettuce, but end up costing you an extra thousand bucks if you have to go to the hospital".
I’d rather just pay an extra 10 cents for the produce.
Thanks for the ping, FT. Family values and US taxpayer burden doesn’t end at the Rio Grande! Come one, come all!
400 billion to get rid of them.
We'd STILL come out ahead.
Loads of corporations saving lots to make the bottom line look great.
And they'll be the first bastards to pack up and leave the country when the crap *really* hits the fan.
But this will allow to raise wages for the lettuce pickers and in chain reaction to other people working with them.
Higher wages are evil according to free-traders.
If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.
“But think about all those getting rich using cheap labor.
Loads of corporations saving lots to make the bottom line look great.”
Enough money to buy Bush, and plenty of senators.
Jorge Boosh’s friends are getting rich, so who cares.
Care to tell us again how we all benefit from your friends...
To the super elite wealthy trans-national oligarchy, the great American middle class sadly has come to be seen as a big pain in the ass, despite the fact that without us, the country is nothing.
Slavery or a feudal serfdom system is much more convenient for those at the top.
Do not post to or about DCPatriot.
Maybe this time we can toss Congress in the Potomac...
Another piece of junk from World Nut Daily.
It’s okay, with blanket amnesty, they will become instant citizens, problem solved!
Any that think democrats are NOT registeing illegals to vote, RAISE YOUR HAND..
The cost of cheap labor = Paying the bills that Mexicans and other illegals won’t pay.
"Take a letter, Maria.....Address it to my wife.....Say I won't be coming home.....Got to find a new life." :^)
I think that 12 - 15 million number is about 1/2 the true number.
Let me say something about that ten percent.
That would include people like my maternal grandfather (when he was alive) who only graduated from 8th grade, but went on to work as a brakeman on the Pennsylvania railroad for 40 years.
Or some of the men married to my mother's sisters, one of whom had a 4th grade education, but took civil service exams and eventually became a Postmaster.
These uncles still head households, old as they are (in their 80s).
But they, like most in their generation, are not illiterate, but are self-educated men.
Not comparable to the many immigrating from south of our borders, who cannot read or write in any language.
Told you so....
Yes he did, after WWII.
I met a man who was born in the US to Mexican bracero parents who had been forced to return to Mexico after WWII.
As he was an American born child, he returned as an adult American citizen, became a pastor, and raised his family here.
Interestingly, during the PROP 187 referendum, he was a supporter, as he stated that his own sons could not find work, while illegals from Mexico had no problem at all, due to their network connected to employers.
How does an illegal contribute taxes? I can see sales taxes, but not $9000 a year.
They don’t—They work for “Cash Only”
When they protest in the streets, they continually claim they pay taxes - I’ve never figured out how you can pay taxes without a legal social security number, or why you would even try.
Geesh! They provide their employer with a fake SS number....the withheld payroll taxes are sent in quarterly by the employer to the US treasury...no refunds given on tax returns...it's FOUND MONEY to the federal and state coffers.
It's one of the main reasons the governments are slow to correct it. It's helping keep social security solvent.
At least that's what I'm told.
I'm hopelessly liberal on immigration. They took the nerve to get across the border to work here....let them stay. Give them citizenship. Get them on the tax rolls.
Hmmm... Says all I need to know about you.
Someone hasn't seen the latest estimate of 30 million illegals.
Plenty of truth to that statement,
President Bush seems to be selling us down the river to the high bidder.