Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Costs of Illegal Immigration vs. State Budget Deficits: a Chart

I'll let the figures speak for themselves.

StateIllegal Immigration Population (000's omitted)Total Cost to State TaxpayersCurrent Budget DeficitImmigration Enforcement Could Close % of Budget Shortfall
New York1,000$5.2B$8.2B63%

The costs represent only the 'hard dollar' toll for the lack of border enforcement, including education, health services, incarceration, welfare, etc. 'Soft dollar' costs -- the toll on the victims of illegal immigrants' crimes, drug addiction, inferior educational programs for citizens and legal immigrants, etc. -- are not included in the figures.

Sources: Arizona ($1.6 billion from Arizona's education system, $694.8 million from health care services, $339.7 million in law enforcement and court costs, $85.5 million in welfare costs and $155.4 million in other general costs); California ($2.5B for incarceration, $2.5 billion for medical services, education $3.2B, total $10.5B); Maryland; Massachusetts, New York; State Budget Deficits.
Related: Aren't 'Sanctuary Cities' that promote illegal immigration cool? Suspect in Times Square bomb plot was known to be living illegally in Boston


Andrew Westberg said...

Your logic isn't as sharp as usual. Enforcement costs something too, but that was left out of your nice chart. Until you figure out what it costs to enforce immigration law, you can't say that it'll close any budget deficits.

directorblue said...

How much of the 'Stimulus' package could have been used to build a shovel-ready fence?

Chaz said...

There's a pretty easy way for this to stop with cheap enforcement:

(a) Crackdowns on employers hiring illegal immigrants.
(how to pay for this: fine the employers.)
(b) Don't give money to illegals.
(The savings speak for themselves here. Stop all welfare type programs.)
(c) Hospital treatment: we'll treat you now (ER care), but 'papers please' shortly afterwards. If you're illegal, we won't fine you, just deport you.
(I'm not so in-humane that I would advocate non-treatment, but a good chunk of these costs are medical!)

Make the state unviable enough for illegals and they'll leave on their own. No need for deportations.