Illegal immigration will cost U.S. taxpayers at least $180 billion dollars this year. That number came out today in a Congressional hearing on the price tag of the president’s border policies.
The vast majority of illegal immigrants are uninsured, and Republicans say that’s leading to a national health care crisis. According to numbers published by Health and Human Services, Medicaid spent $7 billion on “emergency services for undocumented aliens” in the 2021 Fiscal Year.
According to a cost analysis by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration cost California’s shrinking tax base nearly $31 billion a year. According to the report, benefits and services provided to the estimated 3.23 million illegal aliens in California cost local taxpayers $22.8 billion annually. Factoring in about 1.15 million U.S.-born children of illegal aliens adds more than another $8 billion in costs.
Meanwhile 24 fellow Republican governors are sending the Biden Administration a letter urging Biden to address the southern border crisis. It accused the President’s policies of incentivizing illegal immigration.
The governors also said, “Our states are carrying the burden of both the years-long surge in illegal border crossings and cartels’ coordinated trafficking of drugs and human beings.”