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Conservative study says illegal immigrants cost U.S. trillions

This news story was published on May 7, 2013.
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WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) — Unlawful immigrants create a fiscal burden for American taxpayers that lasts well past any amnesty granting them citizenship, a conservative think tank says.

A report released Monday by The Heritage Foundation said illegal immigrants create a deficit of $9.4 trillion over their lifetime because they receive much more in government benefits than they pay in taxes.

Using statistics from 2010, the organization said well-educated American citizens paid $29,250 more in taxes than they received in benefits.

The “typical” illegal immigrant has only a 10th-grade education, the report said, and are among poorly educated households that receive an average of $35,113 in benefits more than they pay in taxes.

The study rejected the belief that lawful immigrants use little welfare, saying they receive about the same or higher benefits than U.S.-born households with the same educational level.

While illegal immigrants don’t currently have access to means-tested welfare, Social Security or Medicare, granting them amnesty would give them access to more than 80 means-tested welfare programs, the study said.

“Unlawful immigrants, on average, are always tax consumers; they never once generate a ‘fiscal surplus’ that can be used to pay for government benefits elsewhere in the society,” the study contends. “This situation obviously will get much worse after amnesty.”

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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7 Responses to Conservative study says illegal immigrants cost U.S. trillions

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Throw the bums out. Hell we are giving them our jobs in their own country. What the hell do they need to come here for? Oh, I see, come here and get a free ride without having to work. DC is full of idiots. For every immigrant, we deport a DC government official. Deal!!!

  2. Katie Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    What happened to immigrants having to be sponsored and supported by someone? They need to give citizenship tests in English only and have an oral portion. I’ll volunteer to administer it for this area.

  3. 4ever49 Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 10:42 am

    I just heard a review of the proposed legislation wherein it was pointed out that the education of those wanting to become citizens is being shifted to “community based groups”. Further it was revealed that the process of asylum is being corrupted to allow for a second level of appeals so that someone over staying their visa can prolong the process – and the American taxpayers get to pay the legal bills for their counsel as well.
    What nonsense is this? It smacks of Chicago style politics – again!!
    I think we all know where this comes from.

  4. LVS Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Boy are we STUPID.

  5. seriously? Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 8:15 am

    So let’s spend more than that on deportation! Ya, that’s the ticket!


  6. Allen Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Now, who would have thought that would happen.

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 7, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Who would dare make this statement! Wake up America -home of the fleeced !