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Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers $116 billion annually

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A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) reveals that illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers a whopping $116 billion a year.

$116 billion! That's money from federal, state, and local taxpayers. Money out of your wallet. Here's some info from FAIR's press release on the study:

"Illegal immigration to the U.S. costs federal, state and local taxpayers a staggering net cost of $116 billion a year - an increase of some $16 billion compared to previous estimates - according to a new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The study is the most comprehensive to date on the cost to federal, state and local taxpayers of the nation's 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their 4.2 million citizen children. 

Costs Soar

The report, "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers," examines the cost of illegal immigration through a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that are available to the nation's illegal immigrant population, their U.S.-born children, or accessed via fraud.  The study tallies the impact on education, medical, justice/enforcement, welfare and other government programs. The report notes that the $116 billion cost of illegal immigration falls on state and local taxpayers disproportionately - by a ratio of roughly 2 to 1 - with state and local expenditures totaling $88.9 billion and Federal expenditures totaling $45.8 billion, with only approximately $19 billion recouped in taxes..."

Click here to read the full press release from FAIR. 

You can also click here to view the full 72-page report from FAIR.

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