Illegal Immigration Costs US $100B, Georgia $2.4B Per Year

10:42 AM, Jul 9, 2010   |    comments
Supporters of Arizona state immigration bill SB1070, during rally at Tempe Diablo Stadium. (AP)
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ATLANTA -- The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that illegal immigration costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year.

The group's report -- Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers -- estimates costs based on an analysis of federal, state and local spending data related to the estimated 13 million illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children in the United States.

The report also notes undocumented workers pay about $13 billion a year in taxes, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion. The $113 billion total translates to $1,117 per household.

Federal spending on illegal aliens amounts to $29 billion, according to the Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers report. That leaves an estimated $84.2 billion for state and local citizens. Of that total, Georgia shoulders $2.4 billion in costs.

California leads the nation at more than $21 billion spent on illegal aliens.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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