According to estimates by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), there are more than 15.5 million illegal aliens living in the country now, costing American taxpayers more than $150 billion a year.
According to the FAIR report, the yearly cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers at the federal, state, and municipal levels is estimated to be $182 billion. The $32 billion that illegal immigrants provide to the economy each year to offset this cost barely covers the annual net cost of almost $150 billion.
Or to put it another way, illegal aliens and their children that are born here cost each taxpayer close to $1,200 annually.
The cost of illegal immigration has dramatically increased since 2017 when it was expected to reach $116 billion annually. Likewise, the price has gone up $7 billion since last year.
According to the FAIR analysis, “the cost of illegal immigration has climbed by roughly $35 billion in just five years. This quick rise is a result of the unresolved border problem and ineffective immigration enforcement.”
The growing cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers coincides with the implementation of a Catch and Release network by President Joe Biden’s administration, which includes a parole pipeline that issues work permits to border crossers and illegal aliens after their release into the interior of the United States.
Tens of thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens have been transferred to all 50 states, according to the Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project, which exposed numerous non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that have collaborated with the Biden administration.
The Biden administration released approximately two million border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities between February 2021 and January 2023.