Kuzushi, numbers may not lie but they can be false. The FAIR report, which is the subject of your four year old Washington Times link, took a 1994 Urban Institute study and inflated the numbers ten-fold to “account for changes” in the past ten years. Such a monumental inflation reeks of falsity.
Moreover, that Urban Institute study concluded that illegal aliens actually were a net plus for tax payers, by the tune of $25-$30 million. Don’t forget that illegal aliens pay taxes (and Social Security, too) Using the FAIR inflation factor, California tax payers are profiting by at least $250 - $300 million now. But I am not going to make that claim.
A 2006 study estimated that the cost to San Diego County was $256 million.
nctimes.com/articles/2007/09/08/news/top_stories/19_46_779_7_07.txt I don’t have a projection for the entire state, but I suspect that this is more realistic than the FAIR claim.
But San Diego County’s experience may not mean the entire state is losing money on illegal aliens. In Texas, illegal aliens have been an economic boom.
A 2006 study by the Texas State Comptroller estimated that the 1.4 million undocumented immigrants in Texas alone added almost $18 billion to the state’s economic output, and more than paid for the $1.2 billion in state services they used by generating $1.6 billion in new state revenues.
Wrong. I just don’t like wild, unsubstantiated claims.
As I mentioned before, illegal aliens pay taxes too. If a state chooses to charge in-state tuition that is the state’s choice.
Thank you for the two links, but you still haven’t shown that illegal aliens are the cause of California’s budget woes. Or that emergency rooms are being forced to close because of illegal aliens.