Saturday, November 11, 2006

"Cheap Labor" Is Extremely Expensive

I've just come across some new cost figures for the 20+ million illegal aliens currently consuming taxpayer dollars []:

Remittances to Mexico (2006): $24,279,150,000; total remittances exceed $100 billion (through banks, wire transfers, and other traceable funds, and excluding cash)

K-12 public school attendance: 3.8 million-plus; cost-per-pupil @$5,000 equals $19 billion. This has to be low, as this is calculated at average cost-per-pupil, which in many school districts now approaches $10K, and fails to include the additional services illegal aliens receive, such as ESL and bi-lingual education programs.

Incarcerated illegal aliens convicted of crimes committed in the US: 321,000; cost $1.5 billion. This does not include the costs of the crime itself (property damage, injury, etc.), the costs of prosecution, incarceration of those held without bail awaiting trial, or the costs of public defenders.

Social services to illegal aliens: $397.5 billion.

George Borjas of Harvard calculated the wages lost by American workers at $138 billion a year.

$100 + 19 + 1.5 + 397.5 + 138 (billions) = $656 billion, or $32,800 per illegal alien per year. In addition to any wages they earn (illegally), and their proceeds from crimes, they scrounge up an additional amount exceeding many citizens' annual gross wages.

There are far more costs we've missed, much of it on state and local levels, such as medical clinics for the uninsured; school breakfast and lunch programs; food banks; food, clothing and household goods given to illegals by assorted charities. In short, they get much of their living costs covered by social services, charities, etc. and ship out their cash.

How well could you and your family live if you received another $32,800 per person in your household? How well could you live if your taxes were reduced by your share of that $656 billion (about $4,000 per year per American worker)? How much better could all citizens live if that $100 billion sucked out of our economy were recycled through our economy?


Blogger Daisnte said...

$32,800 would just about double my income. Per person? Well, with three of us, that's nearly $100,000 a year, and we could live very well!

I'd be happy to settle for $4000 tax cuts for my spouse & I. It would be enough to cover many postponed necessities - like new glasses!

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