The True Cost of Illegal Aliens in America
The title is not a typo. I didn’t use “illegal aliens” by mistake. It’s the correct term to describe the invasion of people crossing our southern borders each month.
Both parties are arming themselves with talking points for and against immigration reform — if such a term actually exists.
What’s The True Cost of Immigration in America?
While the uninformed whine about the increase cost of an avocado the real cost flies securely under the radar of the average citizen.
Contrary to popular belief, federal policy prohibits federal tax dollars from funding health care to illegals through either Medicaid or Obamacare.
If that’s the law, what do the 3.9 million uninsured illegals get? According to Chris Conover’s article in Forbes Magazine — a lot.
- $4.6 billion in health services paid for by federal taxes
- $2.8 billion in health services financed by state and local taxpayers
- $3 billion bankrolled through ‘cost-shifting,’ i.e. higher payments by insured patients to cover hospital uncompensated care losses
- $1.5 billion in physician charity care
Welcome to America.
It Doesn’t Stop There
Under federal law every kid is America gets public education regardless of their immigration status.
Pony up taxpayers
- $59.8 billion to educate illegals with 98.9 percent paid for through property taxes at the state and local level.
- The taxes collected locally and statewide are short of the amounts needed to fund the numbers of illegals plus legal students.
How many kids are we talking about.?
So far this year alone, 44,779 unaccompanied alien minors have crossed the border and 248,197 family units, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
More people have been apprehended illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this fiscal year than in any year since 2009, according to the CBP.
Let’s Not Forget About Drugs
Seventy thousand people or more overdose every year on opioids and other drugs coming across our southern border. If left unchecked these numbers are estimated to double each year going forward.
The U.S. Border Patrol seized 480,000 pounds of fentanyl, marijuana and meth in 2018. In January of 2019, 650 pounds of fentanyl and meth with a street value of $4.6 million were also confiscated by border agents; the largest seizure in history.
Some Final Thoughts
Here’s the problem. You personally probably aren’t feeling any pain of any kind from this information. You probably have compassion for the poor immigrants crossing for a better life.
There’s nothing wrong with feeling that way, but are you aware that you’ll be paying for that better life at the expense of your own family?
Your property taxes could be less, your medical costs and health care insurance could be less. How would that pain relief make you feel?
Or to put it bluntly, you’re paying a tariff for every illegal alien in this country. Think about that the next time you glance at your taxes.