The Washington Times is reporting that new figures on illegal immigrants indicate a drain of $750 billion from taxpayers over their lifetimes.
Deporting the country’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would cost nearly $125 billion, but allowing them to remain in the U.S. could cost taxpayers far more, according to a new report being released Thursday by a think tank that wants to see stricter immigration limits.
Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, crunched the numbers and found that the current population of illegal immigrants will drain nearly $750 billion from taxpayers over their lifetimes ”” amounting to six times the deportation costs.
“Sometimes people say look, we couldn’t deport everybody because it’s prohibitively expensive,” Mr. Camarota said. “But if your only concern is fiscal cost, it’s pretty clear that letting them stay is a hell of a lot more expensive.”
The article continues, with Camarota noting he does not support mass deportation.
The researcher said he doesn’t actually support a mass deportation of all illegal immigrants, but said it’s important to spark a conversation about costs and benefits as President Trump vows to step up removals of illegal immigrants who already in the U.S.
The crux of Mr. Camarota’s analysis is the nature of illegal immigrants, who are far more likely to be low-skilled, less-educated workers than the native-born population. Though they also don’t have access to some services and benefits reserved for citizens and legal residents, they do get other benefits, such as education.
Camarota told the Washington Times that he adjusted a study by the National Academy of Sciences for illegal immigrants.
The conclusion reached was that illegal aliens with advanced degrees are a $424,000 gain to the United States over their lifetime. However, high school drop outs are a $173,000 loss. Washington Times’ article says that the “net cost to taxpayers” is nearly $63,000 per illegal alien.
Read the rest of the Washington Times report.