Illegal Immigration Facts PDF Print E-mail

Let's review a few basics first.  Immigrants have enhanced America.  Immigrants and illegal aliens are neither inherently good nor inherently bad.  Legal immigrants come to America with the explicit approval of Congress and thus all Americans.  Illegal aliens come here with an implicit 'blind eye' approval.  Thus, illegal immigration problems are due essentially to inaction of Congress, law enforcement, and ultimately American citizens.  To fix our dysfunctional immigration system, Americans need to educate and change legal, political, educational, environmental, labor and religious institutions.

As part of our education it will help to know some facts:

In 1986, Congress granted amnesty to 3.1 million illegal aliens.

In 1990, Congress increased legal immigration by 40%, and granted amnesty to the illegal relatives of aliens who benefited from the previous amnesty.

10-20 million illegal aliens presently roam the U.S.  The number of illegal aliens doubled in the 1990's.

Each year more than 1.3 million legal and illegal aliens settle permanently in the U.S.

For every 100 illegal aliens who find jobs in the U.S., 65 American workers are displaced.

Each year, more than 72,000 aliens are arrested for drug offenses in the U.S.

Illegal aliens constitute over 25% of the federal prison population. Think about that for a moment. This means that a group which comprises less than 5% of the population is committing 25% percent of the crime.

In some areas of the country, up to 12 % of felonies, 25% of burglaries and 34% of thefts are committed by illegal aliens.

In Los Angeles alone, 95% of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total approximately 1,200-1,500) target illegal aliens.  Up to 2/3 of all fugitive felony warrants (approximately 17,000) are for illegal aliens.

In Lake County, Illinois 1/2 of the murderers and 21.5% of all criminals now in jail are illegal aliens, costing the county an annualized rate of $4,056, 945.

Approximately 400,000 illegal aliens who have committed crimes and have been given a deportation order are at large in the U.S. and their whereabouts unknown.

In fiscal year 1999, expenses for incarcerating illegal aliens in state & local jails in Pennsylvania alone cost taxpayers $13.3 million.  It has been established that the nationwide costs to states and localities for housing illegal criminal aliens is about $2 billion per year.

A 2011 report on the fiscal burden of illegal immigration on United States taxpayers found the following:

 

  • Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.

 

  • The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality

 

  • Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.

 

  • At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.

 

  • Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.

Additionally, the estimated cost of illegal immigration to Indiana state and local governements is $608 million per year.

It is time to end the abuse of American generosity.