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Illegal immigration imposes enormous costs -- monetary as well as crime-related -- on American society. As regards criminal activity, Manhattan Institute scholar Heather MacDonald describes one small slice of a much larger problem:

  • In Los Angeles, 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide target illegal aliens, as do approximately two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants.
  • More  than 60 percent of the Hispanic gangs in Southern California—whose membership  is in the tens of thousands—is illegal. These gangs involved withdrug-distribution schemes, extortion, drive-by assassinations, assaults, and robberies. 

In a 2006 study, Deborah Schurman-Kauflin of the Violent Crimes Institute in Atlanta estimated, conservatively, that from January 1999 through April 2006 approximately 240,000 illegal aliens had committed about 960,000 sex offenses in the United States.

The fiscal costs of illegal immigration are also very high. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, in 2002 illegal-alien households imposed, in aggregate, costs exceeding $26 billion on the federal government while they paid $16 billion in federal taxes -- thereby creating a net fiscal deficit of $10.4 billion per year at the federal level, or $2,700 per household. Among the largest components of this deficit were Medicaid ($2.5 billion); medical treatment for the uninsured ($2.2 billion); food-assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches ($1.9 billion); the federal prison and court systems ($1.6 billion); and federal aid to schools ($1.4 billion). A major reason why illegal aliens are, on balance, such a drain on the American Treasury is because approximately 60 percent of them lack a high-school degree.

The National Academy of Sciences has estimated that the average immigrant without a high-school degree will, over the course of his or her lifetime, impose a net cost -- above and beyond any taxes he or she pays -- of nearly $100,000 on U.S. taxpayers; this cost does not include the cost of educating the immigrant’s children. Based on that figure, the estimated 6 million legal immigrants lacking a high-school diploma and residing in the U.S. today, will cost taxpayers more than a half trillion dollars over their lifetimes.



Welfare Use by Immigrant and Native Households
By Steven A. Camarota 
September 2015

Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: A Look at Cash, Medicaid, Housing, and Food Programs
By Steven A. Camarota 
April 2011

More Than 90 Percent of Middle Eastern Refugees on Food Stamps
By Caroline May
September 10, 2015

The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers
By Matt O'Brien and Spencer Raley
September 2017

The Truth about Crime, Illegal Immigrants, and Sanctuary Cities
By Ron Martinelli
April 19, 2017

Tucker Carlson Reveals Stunning Stats on Immigrant Crime
By Mark Tapson
December 22, 2017

Illegal Immigration Numbers: MS-13 Exploding, 1,100 Border Arrests a Day, 1M on Deport List
By Paul Bedard 
January 23, 

Record $135 Billion a Year for Illegal Immigration, Average $8,075 Each, $25,000 in NY
By Paul Bedard

9 Things You Need To Know About Illegal Immigration And Crime
By Aaron Bandler

DHS: 23% of All Federal Prisoners Are Illegals, Just 7 of 42,034 Saved from Deportation
By Paul Bedard
August 9, 2017

Illegal Alien Crime Wave in Texas: 611,234 Crimes, 2,993 Murders
By J. Christian Adams
July 22, 2015

Elusive Crime Wave Data Shows Frightening Toll of Illegal Immigrant Criminals
By Malia Zimmerman
By Ronald W. Mortensen
March 18, 2017

By Steven A. Camarota
September 2015

About 6.1 Million Illegals Filed Taxes in US – Many Didn't Pay, Received Refunds
By James Agresti
November 7, 2016

Information on Certain Illegal Aliens Arrested in the United States
By the Government Accountability Office
April 2005

New FBI Statistics on Crimes Committed by Illegal Aliens
INS/FBI Statistical Report
November 12, 2006

The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer
By Robert Rector and Jason Richwine
May 6, 2013

Amnesty & the Bankrupting of America
By Arnold Ahlert
May 7, 2013 

Exposing the Open-Borders Arguments
By Lawrence Auster
October 15, 2004

The Illegal-Alien Crime Wave
By Heather MacDonald
Winter 2004

Seeing Today’s Immigrants Straight
By Heather Mac Donald
Summer 2006

The High Cost of Cheap Labor: Illegal Immigration and the Federal Budget
By Steven A. Camarota
August 2004

The Fiscal Cost of Low-Skill Immigrants to the U.S. Taxpayer
By Robert E. Rector and Christine Kim
May 22, 2007

The Fiscal Impact of Immigration
By Edwin Rubenstein
Spring 2008

Study: Census Data Show High Immigrant Participation on U.S. Welfare Rolls
By The Daily Caller
August 9, 2012

Illegitimate Nation: An Examination of Out-of-Wedlock Births among Immigrants and Natives
By Steven A. Camarota
May 2007

Importing Poverty
By Robert Rector
October 26, 2006

Immigration's Impact on American Workers
By Steven A. Camarota
August 29, 2006
Illegal Immigration: The Impact on Wages and Employment of Black Workers
By Vernon M. Briggs Jr.
April 2008

Immigration's Impact on Public Coffers
By Steven A. Camarota
July 26, 2006

How Unskilled Immigrants Hurt Our Economy
By Steven Malanga
July 18, 2006
France’s Immigrant Problem — and Ours
By Victor Davis Hanson
April 23, 2006

Mexifornia, Five Years Later: The Flood of Illegal Aliens into California
By Victor Davis Hanson
Winter 2007

The Medicaid Costs of Legalizing Illegal Aliens
By James R. Edwards Jr.
July 2010

Justice Brennan's Footnote Gave Us Anchor Babies
By Ann Coulter
August 4, 2010

Drunk and Dangerous: DUI Illegals Behind the Wheel
By WorldNetDaily
June 1, 2007


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