Texas Spends $4 Billion Alone On Education For Illegal Immigrants. The ADE In Arkansas Reported Only $169 Million For Education And Imprisonment. http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=43755
Lawmakers have been discussing the best way to tackle the illegal immigration at the state level. The following excerpts are taken from a scholarly paper by the Heritage Foundation, entitled "The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer." I would recommend that those involved in leadership positions, or those writing about the topic, read this entire long report with charts and a great deal of data to document his calculations. http://www.heritage.org:80/Research/Immigration/sr14.cfm
Main points are highlighted in red.
Illegal aliens may not receive all the benefits used in the following study, but they receive most of them. Also see an article below entitled, "Illegals cost Texas $4.7 billion - Estimate based on analysis of Census data," written in 2005. Also see excerpts from article on 60 to 83 hospital closings in California because of emergency treatment of illegal aliens.
"Each year, families and individuals pay taxes to the government and receive back a wide variety of services and benefits. A fiscal deficit occurs when the benefits and services received by one group exceed the taxes paid. When such a deficit occurs, other groups must pay for the services and benefits of the group in deficit. Each year, government is involved in a large-scale transfer of resources between different social groups.
"On average, low-skill immigrant households received $30,160 per household in immediate government benefits and services in FY 2004, including direct benefits, means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services. By contrast, low-skill immigrant households paid only $10,573 in taxes. Thus, low-skill immigrant households received nearly three dollars in benefits and services for each dollar in taxes paid.
"The net fiscal deficit of a household equals the cost of immediate benefits and services received minus taxes paid. As Chart 5 shows, if the costs of direct and means-tested benefits, education, and population-based services were counted, the average low-skill household had a fiscal deficit of $19,588 (expenditures of $30,160 minus $10,573 in taxes).
"However, the fiscal burden becomes most severe among elderly households, where the net annual fiscal deficit soars to $32,686 per household per year. This amounts to roughly $15,000 per year for each elderly low-skill immigrant.
"It is often argued that low-skill immigrants have a positive impact on U.S. taxpayers because they pay taxes into the Social Security trust fund. Low-skill immigrant households receive many other government benefits as well, receiving ten dollars in total government benefits for each dollar they pay in Social Security taxes.
"Current immigrants (both legal and illegal) have very low education levels relative to the non-immigrant U.S. population. As Chart 1 shows, at least 50 percent, and perhaps 60 percent of illegal immigrant adults lack a high school degree… By contrast, only 9 percent of non-immigrant adults lack a high school degree. The current immigrant population, thus, contains a disproportionate share of poorly educated individuals. These individuals will tend to have low wages, pay little in taxes, and receive above average levels of government benefits and services.
"There is a common misconception that the low education levels of recent immigrants is part of a permanent historical pattern, and that the U.S. has always admitted immigrants who were poorly educated relative to the native born population. Historically, this was not the case. For example, in 1960, recent immigrants were no more likely than were non-immigrants to lack a high school degree. By 1998, recent immigrants were almost four times more likely to lack a high school degree than were non-immigrants.
"As the relative education level of immigrants fell in recent decades, so did their relative wage levels. In 1960, the average immigrant male in the U.S. actually earned more than the average non-immigrant man. As the relative education levels of subsequent waves of immigrants fell, so did relative wages. By 1998, the average immigrant earned 23 percent less than the average non-immigrant.
"Low wage levels in low-skill immigrant households lead to high levels of poverty: Over 30 percent of persons living in low-skill immigrant households were poor in 2004 compared to the overall poverty rate of 12.7 percent in the U.S. population."
For rest of this article see this link, click on Thursday below, or just arrow down if you were sent here. http://www.wpaag.org/Immigration%20-%2020,000%20a%20yr%20low%20skill%20immigrant%20family.htm