Illegal Immigration Costs Average Taxpayer $957 Annually, New Study Finds

Craig Bannister | March 10, 2023 | 5:37pm EST
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Illegal immigration costs each American taxpayer $1,156 per year ($957 after factoring in taxes paid by illegal aliens), a new analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds.

The annual gross cost (state and federal) of illegal immigration is now $183 billion, up more than thirty-five percent since 2017, according to the FAIR report released this week:

“In total, the gross cost of illegal immigration now total $183 billion, up more than 35.7 percent since 2017. The cost incurred per illegal alien (including their U.S.-born children) has increased as well, now totaling $8,776 annually.”

Even after the tax contributions of illegal aliens is deducted, the average American taxpayer is on the hook for nearly a thousand dollars, the study shows:

“When the taxes paid by illegal aliens are factored in, the net cost of illegal immigration to U.S. taxpayers is now $150.7 billion. This means that each American taxpayer shells out a net average of $956 (or $1,156 before the taxes paid by illegal aliens are factored in) due to illegal immigration.”

“Taxes paid by illegal immigrants only covered around 17.2 percent of the costs they created for American citizens.”

The report provides the following breakdown of annual federal, state and local government expenditures:

  • Total Federal Expenditures $66,449,136,000
  • Total State and Local Expenditures $115,608,729,000
  • Total National Expenditures $182,057,865,000
  • Total Net Tax Contributions $31,391,635,00
  • Total Fiscal Cost of Illegal Immigration on U.S. Taxpayers: $150,666,230,000


“Most of the additional costs have been added in the past two years, as the Biden administration’s de facto open borders policies have triggered a historic surge of new illegal migrants pouring across our borders,” the study concludes.

But, it’s not just the Biden Administration that’s to blame, since new state and local policies have also encouraged the influx of illegal aliens, FARI President Dan Stein said in a press release introducing the study:

“Not only is the Biden administration refusing to rein-in illegal immigration or remove the people who are breaking our laws, they are promulgating policies that actually encourage more of it while offering new protections and benefits to those who settle here illegally.

“Likewise, a growing number of states and localities create their own costly magnets for illegal aliens by declaring themselves sanctuaries and offering new benefits and services.”

FAIR’s analysis breaks down the cost of illegal immigration by type of government expenditure: medical, education, law enforcement and welfare.

See full report.

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