Illegal Immigrants Cost U.S. Taxpayers $338.3 Billion a Year-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

Illegal aliens cost federal, state and local governments $338.3 billion a year.
 

The Truth:

Studies on how much illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers each year vary greatly, but the eRumor’s claim that the total cost is $338.3 billion a year is false.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) studied 29 different reports on the impact of unauthorized immigrants on state and local government budgets in 2007.

“It is important to note, though, that currently available estimates have significant limitations; therefore, using them to determine an aggregate effect across all states would be difficult and prone to considerable error,” the CBO said. 

No comprehensive data has been compiled on how much state and local governments spend on services for illegal immigrants, but individual studies from both ends of the political spectrum are at odds with the eRumor’s claim that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers $338.3 billion a year. The Heritage Foundation, a conservative research think tank, estimated in 2013 that the aggregate annual deficit for all unlawful citizens was about $54.4 billion. The “aggregate amount” is the total cost of benefits and services received by all unlawful immigrant households, with the taxes they paid subtracted.

The CBO study concluded that about half of illegal aliens pay taxes, and that they receive more benefits from state and local governments than they pay for.

“The estimates that CBO reviewed measured costs associated with providing services to unauthorized immigrants that ranged from a few million dollars in states with small unauthorized populations to tens of billions of dollars in California,” the CBO said.

Education, health care and law enforcement were the highest areas of state and local spending on illegal immigrants. The CBO found, however, that unauthorized immigrants accounted for no more than 5 percent of total state spending on those services.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 established citizenship requirements in order to receive most federal benefits. When the bill was signed into law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would cut federal spending by $54.1 billion over six years. Restrictions on benefits for non-citizens were expected to account for 44 percent, or about $23.7 billion, of the total cost savings.

However, much of the expected cost savings were “undone” by actions taken by state governments to provide benefits to immigrants who were affected by federal welfare reform. Some aspects of the law also weren’t fully implemented, according to a report by the Centers for Immigration Studies.

Although studies and estimates vary greatly, available data does not support the eRumor’s claim that U.S. taxpayers spend $338.3 billion on illegal immigrants each year. 

This is actually a variation of an old eRumor that was originally reported by TruthorFiction.com in 2007. Click here to view our findings.

Posted 11/10/14

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

UNBELIEVABLE and something needs to be done about this wasteful spending. No other country does anything close to this.

The biggest factor of why seniors are losing more and more benefits…. They are getting blamed for the country going broke.

This has gone out to almost two million people .

It’s easy to dismiss individual programs that benefit non-citizens until they’re put together and this picture emerges. Someone did a lot of research to put together all of this data. Often these programs are buried within other programs making them difficult to find.

A Real Eye Opener

WHY is the USA BANKRUPT? Read this:

We have been hammered with the propaganda that it was the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.

I hope the following14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the readers gets sick of reading them. I also have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

Verify At: http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pagename=iic_immigrationissuecenters7fd8

2. $22 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify At: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.HTML

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify At: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt…0.HTML

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

Verify At http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANscriptS/0604/01/ldt.01.HTML

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at: https://owa.slugger.com/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & Social Services by the American taxpayers.

Verify At: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.HTML 

9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify At: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRI

13. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

Verify At: http://rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. The dark side of illegal immigration:

Nearly One million sex crimes committed By illegal immigrants in the United States .

Verify At: http://www.drdsk.com/articles.html 

The total cost is a whopping

$ 338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR AND IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, HAVING TROUBLE UNDERSTANDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY; IT IS $338,300,000,000.00 WHICH WOULD BE ENOUGH TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY FOR THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.

Are we THAT Stupid?

YES, FOR ALLOWING THOSE IN THE U.S.. CONGRESS TO GET AWAY WITH DOING THIS YEAR AFTER YEAR!

If this doesn’t bother you, then just delete the message. If, on the other hand, it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, I hope you forward it to every Legal Resident in the United States!

* Note: The links in this sample may not work. Points 10 – 12 were missing in the original sample.