Illegals Cost U.S. Taxpayers a Minimum of $92 Billion Per Year

According to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) 2009 data, approximately 12,220,000 illegals were living in America. According to 2010 statistics, illegals cost taxpayers roughly $83,778,000,000 five years ago.


Consider this: the yearly cost to Ohio taxpayers, for example, jumped from $563 million per year in 2012, to $879 million in 2014: an increase of $316 million (56%) in two years.

In Texas, the yearly cost to taxpayers jumped from $8.878 billion per year in 2010 to $12.1 billion per year in 2013; an increase of $3.222 billion (36.3%) per year in three years.

In California, taxpayers paid $21.755 billion per year in 2010, and by 2014, $25.300 billion; an increase of $3.544 billion (16.3%) per year over four years.

[Learn more about the cost of illegals to taxpayers in OhioMarylandNorth CarolinaTexas and California.]

Considering that only 136.6 million tax returns were filed in 2011, each taxpayer roughly spent $260 a year to support illegals.

However, factoring even a ten percent (10%) annual increase from 2010 figures to 2015, the annual cost to date would roughly amount to, at a minimum, $92.156 billion per year– to pay for the increased influx of illegals by the Obama Administration. In light of the estimated 140 million tax returns filed in 2015, illegals cost each individual taxpayer roughly $658.

Instead of spending money on illegals, the government could replicate the success of the 126 mile-long Yuma, Arizona border fence, which exemplifies the gold standard of border security. Agents apprehend on average 92 percent of illegals trying to enter America.

Instead of spending roughly $92 billion on illegals, the government could actually hire veterans and active military members to expand Yuma’s fence to the Pacific Ocean, in the same way that FDR’s Works Program Administration built dams, roads and national parks. This would reduce the taxpayer burden and illegal immigrant entry.


Dave Jolly

R.L. David Jolly holds a B.S. in Wildlife Biology and an M.S. in Biology – Population Genetics. He has worked in a number of fields, giving him a broad perspective on life, business, economics and politics. He is a very conservative Christian, husband, father and grandfather who cares deeply for his Savior, family and the future of our troubled nation.

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