Taxpayers in the ten states with the smallest foreign-born populations are still burdened by a cost of about $454 million every year to pay for various social services for illegal aliens and their United States-born children. A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) analyzes the cost of illegal immigration and the anchor baby population to American taxpayers who live in the ten least immigrant-populated states, including New Hampshire, Mississippi, Alaska, Maine, North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Vermont, Montana, and Wyoming. The research reveals that even in low-migration states, the cost to American taxpayers is still significant. Of the total 415,000 foreign-born residents living in these ten states, about 88,000 are illegal aliens — indicating that illegal aliens represent more than 20 percent of foreign-born residents. Those 88,000 illegal aliens across these ten states, along with about 35,000 of their U.S.-born children, are costing American taxpayers about $454 million every year, with each illegal alien costing anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000. “To put that figure into context, that $454 million expenditure is more than 200 times what the state of Montana budgets for its entire Veterans Affairs program and it is 2.5 times the total sum that West Virginia invests in its state university,” the FAIR study notes. FAIR researchers say the $4,000 to $6,000 cost of each illegal alien in these low-migration states means that social programs for American veterans, disabled Americans, and U.S. citizen children could be receiving “significantly more funding” if not for the statewide cost of providing these same services to illegal aliens. The cost to taxpayers for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, commonly referred to as “anchor babies,” is particularly burdening on small towns’ school systems in low-migration states like Maine. In Lewiston, Maine, for example, the school system has been forced to absorb an enormous population of either migrant children or the non-English speaking U.S.-born children of illegal aliens, who need English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons
Crazy! This is just the latest example of why it is absolutely imperative that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico to prevent would-be crossers from setting one foot on U.S. soil. Because, once they get one foot on our soil, they are entitled (and that’s the key word) to all sorts of legal and monetary freebies that we, the actual citizens, pay for. Of course that wall/fence needs to be built above, and below ground to prevent tunneling. At the same time, we need to be deporting illegal aliens already here by the hundreds of thousands (and yes, you read that correctly), paying particular attention to known gang members, criminal aliens, and those already determined by an immigration judge to be deported…regardless of age or gender. And that’s just for starters, folks. To do anything less is NOT in our country’s national security, or economic, interests. In addition, we support legislative efforts at the state and federal level like Kate’s Law, and efforts to prevent social security fraud, etc. Those are helpful. But, we have over 22 MILLION illegal aliens in this country, and addressing it should be our number one national security domestic priority, bar none. If we had even a fraction of that many North Koreans, Chinese, or Russians crossing our border, we’d call it an invasion. It’s time we thought about this crisis in those kinds of terms.