West Suburban Patriots

an independent Tea Party group in DuPage County, IL

Illegal Immigration IS a Tea Party Issue!!

Some members of the Tea Party movement don't believe that illegal immigration is an issue that the movement should get involved with. In my opinion, it is imperative that we get involved due to the financial impact it has on our nation. Is it FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE to use $113 BILLION ANNUALLY of our tax dollars to finance the invasion of our nation by illegals?

U.S. Taxpayers Spend $113 Billion Annually on Illegal Aliens

FAIR Study Is Most Comprehensive Accounting of Costs of Illegal Immigration

A new report by FAIR, issued in July 2010, takes a comprehensive look at the fiscal costs associated with illegal immigration at the federal, state and local levels. According to the findings of the study, the annual cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is $113 billion. Taxpayers incur some $28.6 billion in federal costs, but are also saddled with an $84.2 billion burden at the state and local level.

The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers is the most comprehensive analysis of the public costs of illegal immigration ever done. The report examines the impact of illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children on dozens of federal, state and local government programs. Even after the $113 billion annual price tag is offset by tax collections from illegal aliens, the net cost to U.S. taxpayers is $100 billion. However, as the report notes, the $13 billion a year of tax revenues from illegal aliens is misleading because government tax collections would likely have been considerably greater if legal U.S. workers had filled the jobs held by illegal aliens.

The release of The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers comes at a critical moment, as the Obama administration is reviving discussion of a sweeping amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Contrary to the assertions of illegal alien advocates, the report finds that amnesty would likely increase fiscal costs over time. Although granting amnesty would result in marginal increases in taxes collected from current illegal aliens, newly legalized illegal aliens, now eligible for countless means-tested government assistance programs, would significantly increase the fiscal burdens.

The $113 billion annual outlay for illegal immigration breaks down to an average cost of $1,117 per native-headed U.S. household. But, because illegal aliens are not evenly distributed around the country, families in states with high levels of illegal immigration bear a significantly larger burden.

At the federal level, the costs of illegal immigration are fairly evenly distributed among a variety of programs. At the state and local level, education costs — including K-12 schooling, higher education, and English-language instruction — account for 58 percent of government outlays. The report provides state-by-state costs breakdowns of the costs associated with illegal immigration. In all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the costs of illegal immigration exceed the amount of revenues collected from illegal residents. California, alone, bears about one-quarter of the costs incurred by state and local governments — more than $21 billion.

In 18 states, including California, the annual cost of illegal immigration exceeded the 2009 budget shortfall. Oklahomans spent more than $458 million on programs and services for illegal aliens in 2009, which amounted to an astounding 6.838 percent of the state’s $7 million budget deficit.

The full text of The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers includes a program by program breakdown of the share of federal, state and local government spending on illegal aliens and their families. Advocates for illegal aliens have long attempted to argue that illegal aliens are a net fiscal positive, contributing more in taxes than they consume in public services and benefits. The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers responds definitively to that canard with verifiable data that demonstrates the enormous public burdens imposed by the government’s long-term failure to enforce immigration laws.

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Comment by Carol D on March 11, 2011 at 7:49pm

When you put those two figures up to each other it presents a startling picture of how much of our budget shortfall could be resolved. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a letter to the editor. We must all keep trying to get TRUTH out there for the rest of the public to see. Even if it doesn't get published, if they keep hearing from us on these important issues, sooner or later they will publish something!

The distinction you make between legal immigrants and ILlegal immigrants is so important. You'll notice how the lame-stream media tends to drop the "IL" prefix when commenting on this topic. This leads many to think that anyone who is against being flooded by illegals is a racist and a bigot against ALL immigrants.

My hope for all of the tea party groups is that they will deliberately and purposefully reach out to the local Hispanic and black communities and try to draw them in to our cause. We need to work hard to overcome the impression that the tea parties discriminate. I know that hispanic and black families along with everyone else would benefit tremendously if we can work together to bring our nation back to our core principles. 

Comment by Jennifer DV on March 11, 2011 at 6:58pm

I agree with you.  It was interesting because an article with this data in it was on the opposite page of an article about the 13B Illinois budget shortfall and our state tax increase.  I believe the cost of illegal immigrants in Illinois is $7B. I looked at those two articles together and wrote a letter to the editor that if we stopped paying for all these government services for illegal immigrants, we could close a significant budget shortfall and we wouldn't have to raise taxes for the people who are working here legally.  I emphasized that it was not about any race or religion, it's simply a matter of fact.  Illegal immigrants, regardless of the color of their skin cost taxpayer money.  Why are we paying for medical, housing, education, food stamps, etc for all these people who are here illegally?


If as an American, I entered and lived in any other country of the world illegally, they would not feed me, provide shelter, education, or medical care for me. I might even be thrown into a rathole, if I wasn't deported.  In any other country, I would have to enter and stay in the country through legal channels to get government services.


Legal immigrants are another story.  I'm not against immigration, I'm against having our tax money pay for illegal immigrants to live here on our dime.  We have lost our minds that we pay for all this.  For the record, the Elmhurst Press never contacted me to even acknowledge my letter, let enough publish it.


The sad truth is that if the Tea Party takes this stance, Hispanics will say that we're racist.  And because of that, we're afraid to talk about this.  So, I understand why some people don't want to fight this one.

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