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Legal and Illegal Immigration Costly to U.S.

Posted by Joshua Price on April 9, 2008

There is an interesting study out today on the costs of both legal and illegal immigration in the United States. It calls into question the globalists’ assertion that immigration–whether legal or illegal–is inherently beneficial and profitable for America.

More than 37 million immigrants in the United States, both legal and illegal, cost the federal government more than $346 billion last year, twice as much as the nation’s fiscal deficit, according to a report released yesterday.

“This is another nail in the coffin of economic growth,” said Edwin Rubenstein, director of research and president of ESR Research, which released the report. “There is absolutely no reason immigration policy shouldn’t be discussed on its economic merits.”

Mr. Rubenstein, a former director of research at the Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan policy research organization, said U.S. taxpayers paid more than $9,000 for each immigrant in the country, a third of whom are believed to be in the U.S. illegally.

Let’s do the math with respect to the cost of illegals in this country using this report’s numbers.

Let’s assume that there are 15,000,000 illegals in the U.S. (there might very well be upwards of 20,000,000, but we’ll use 15 mil. to be conservative). Using the $9,000 dollar cost to every American we arrive at a total cost of about $135,000,000,000 for the illegals in this country.

This is the number that gets me. I don’t care about the cost of legal immigrants here. They have done it the right way, so I’m fine with that. It’s a strain, but we can deal with that cost.

It’s $135 bil. spent on the illegals that is significantly contributing to our economic woes.

This study just helps to prove what many of us have known for years: illegal immigration is only good for the native country of the illegal (i.e. U.S. money flowing back to Mexico).

http://www.washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080409/NATION/341902874/1002/NATION

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