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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: COSTS, CRIMES, & RELATED PROBLEMS (U.S.)

Illegal immigration imposes enormous costs -- monetary as well as crime-related -- on American society. As regards criminal activity, Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald describes one small slice of a much larger problem:

  • In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide target illegal aliens, as do approximately two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants.
  • More  than 60 percent of the Hispanic gangs in Southern California—whose membership  is in the tens of thousands—is illegal. These gangs involved withdrug-distribution schemes, extortion, drive-by assassinations, assaults, and robberies. 

In a 2006 study, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta estimated, conservatively, that from January 1999 through April 2006 approximately 240,000 illegal aliens had committed about 960,000 sex offenses in the United States.

The fiscal costs of illegal immigration are also very high. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, in 2002 illegal-alien households imposed, in aggregate, costs exceeding $26 billion on the federal government while they paid $16 billion in federal taxes -- thereby creating a net fiscal deficit of $10.4 billion per year at the federal level, or $2,700 per household. Among the largest components of this deficit were Medicaid ($2.5 billion); medical treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food-assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). A major reason why illegal aliens are, on balance, such a drain on the American Treasury is because approximately 60 percent of them lack a high-school degree.

The National Academy of Sciences has estimated that the average immigrant without a high-school degree will, over the course of his or her lifetime, impose a net cost -- above and beyond any taxes he or she pays -- of nearly $100,000 on U.S. taxpayers; this cost does not include the cost of educating the immigrant’s children. Based on that figure, the estimated 6 million legal immigrants lacking a high-school diploma and residing in the U.S. today, will cost taxpayers more than a half trillion dollars over their lifetimes.

RESOURCES:

Information on Certain Illegal Aliens Arrested in the United States
By the Government Accountability Office
April 2005

New FBI Statistics on Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens
INS/FBI Statistical Report
November 12, 2006


The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer
By Robert Rector and Jason Richwine
May 6, 2013

Amnesty & the Bankrupting of America
By Arnold Ahlert
May 7, 2013 

Exposing the Open-Borders Arguments
By Lawrence Auster
October 15, 2004

The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave
By Heather MacDonald
Winter 2004

Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight
By Heather Mac Donald
Summer 2006

The High Cost of Cheap Labor: Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget
By Steven A. Camarota
August 2004

The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer
By Robert E. Rector and Christine Kim
May 22, 2007

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration
By Edwin Rubenstein
Spring 2008

Study: Census Data Show High Immigrant Participation on U.S. Welfare Rolls
By The Daily Caller
August 9, 2012

Illegitimate Nation: An Examination of Out-of-Wedlock Births among Immigrants and Natives
By Steven A. Camarota
May 2007

Importing Poverty
By Robert Rector
October 26, 2006

Immigration's Impact on American Workers
By Steven A. Camarota
August 29, 2006

Illegal Immigration: The Impact on Wages and Employment of Black Workers
By Vernon M. Briggs Jr.
April 2008

Immigration's Impact on Public Coffers
By Steven A. Camarota
July 26, 2006

How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy
By Steven Malanga
July 18, 2006

France’s Immigrant Problem — and Ours
By Victor Davis Hanson
April 23, 2006

Mexifornia, Five Years Later: The Flood of Illegal Aliens into California
By Victor Davis Hanson
Winter 2007

The Medicaid Costs of Legalizing Illegal Aliens
By James R. Edwards Jr.
July 2010

Justice Brennan's Footnote Gave Us Anchor Babies
By Ann Coulter
August 4, 2010

Drunk and Dangerous: DUI Illegals Behind the Wheel
By WorldNetDaily
June 1, 2007


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