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Economic and Fiscal Impact of Immigration: American Taxpayers Taken to the Cleaners

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Illegal alien migration into the United States costs American taxpayers $346 billion annually, as reported by the National Research Council. While employers of illegal aliens rake-in billions of dollars, the US citizens subsidize what may be called organized “Slavery in 21st Century America.”

While Congress facilitates outsourcing, insourcing and offshoring of American jobs by the thousands weekly, that same Congress imports 182,000 legal immigrant monthly who need jobs. Another estimated 100,000 illegal aliens arrive each month without jobs. All those immigrants seize jobs from American citizens at slave wages.

What happens to the American taxpayer?

“Immigrants are poorer, pay less tax, and are more likely to receive public benefits than American citizens,” said Edwin Rubenstein, reporting on the National Research Council’s new book: “The New Americans: Economic, Demographics and Fiscal Effects of Immigration.” The Social Contract Winter 2007-08.

The NRC found that the average immigrant household receives $13,326 in federal welfare and pays $10,664.00 in federal taxes. Thus, American taxpayers shell out $2,682.00 for each immigrant household.

In addition, the report showed that immigrants affect 15 different executive agencies of the U.S. government.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit—fraud is rampant and IRS does little to verify existence of children.
  • Clean Air and Climate Change—these goals are unattainable as long as US population grows—driven by unending immigration.
  • Emergency medical treatment—US taxpayer money provides $250 million a year to help hospitals defray costs for illegal aliens.
  • Bureau of Land Management—the Interior Department spends $1 million to mitigate environmental damage done by illegals crossing US southern border.
  • Migrant educational grants—intended to help states educate children of illegal workers. More fraud from over-counting.
  • Office of Foreign Labor Certification—immigrant workers depress wages for US citizens resulting in declines in federal revenues at $100 billion annually.


As shown on CBS with Katie Couric this past week, 300,000 pregnant Mexican women cross the border to birth their babies, known as ‘anchor babies’, in American hospitals at an average cost of $6,000.00 per birth with no complications. If the child suffers heart defects, Downs Syndrome, Autism or any other problems, the costs jump to $500,000.00 with long term care into the millions of dollars. All footed by the America taxpayer!

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Not mentioned in Couric’s report, that child enjoys free breakfasts and lunches through 13 years of publicly funded education at an average cost of $7,000.00 per year. Additionally, American taxpayers foot the bill for all medical and housing assistance for the child and mother. More hidden costs add up with ESL classes to teach the child English. Connecticut alone suffers 120 languages in their schools while Colorado suffers over 40 foreign languages that cripple their classrooms.

The list of expenses paid for by American taxpayer soars with time and numbers of illegal aliens. Additionally, legal immigrants sponsor their relatives in chain migration and family reunification at US taxpayer expense.

These immigrants take American jobs while they burn American taxpayer funds for immigrant welfare. This all happens while the US national debt approaches $10 trillion. Immigrants flood into this country while jobs cascade out to China where we owe $1 trillion in T-bills as of 2008. Additionally, we suffer a $700 billion annual trade deficit.

Once those illegal aliens hit this country, half of them work off the books and do not pay $401 billion dollars annually, according to the 2005 Bear Stearns Report. Additionally, they form the second largest underground economy in the world. Both legal and illegal immigrants send $80 billion back to their home countries in cash transfers on untaxed money.

When does it end? Not any time soon! Who pays? You do! Like the proverbial golden calf, the United States taxpayer bleeds to death daily while our president and Congress fiddle, faddle and scratch their generous rear ends while they facilitate the death of America’s middle class.

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Our politicians create the problems they campaign to solve; but once in office, as John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have proven with their time in the U.S. Senate—they work more against Americans than for them. The proof in the aforementioned report is, as they say, “in the pudding!”

Final note: I am looking for thinkers, writers and advocates to add to my monthly “Master Mind Think Tank.” In reality, our politicians create the problems that they campaign to solve. They never solve them; thus we spiral into deeper national chaos. I need new ideas and new creative thinkers to help me bring our most pressing issues onto the front burner: overpopulation in America caused by ceaseless legal and illegal immigration. As you know, the recent PEW report shows immigration adding 100 million people to our country in 30 years. We need to stop it and we need to stop it now. Join me in saving our civilization.

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Frosty Wooldridge Bio: Frosty Wooldridge possesses a unique view of the world, cultures and families in that he has bicycled around the globe 100,000 miles, on six continents and six times across the United States in the past 30 years. His books (more...)

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Let's get this right once and for all.  T... by John Hanks on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:40:08 AM
You can argue all you want, but the bottom line re... by Frosty Wooldridge on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 11:06:31 AM
Another true article about the cost of legal and i... by Joann on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 1:13:34 PM
to be erected by those whose most base fear is l... by chariotdrvr14 on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 2:20:58 PM
Enstein said,"Only two things are infinite: t... by Frosty Wooldridge on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 2:50:58 PM
insist that building a wall should take the place ... by chariotdrvr14 on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 8:19:15 PM
The dire predictions of Malthus, relating every il... by ladyguru on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 5:26:21 PM
Yet another liberal milksop confusing legal and il... by Watching on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 6:08:44 PM
You say immigrants pay less taxes, that is only pa... by Watching on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 6:05:04 PM
Good article Frosty! Only wealthy out of touch lib... by Gary Denson on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 7:36:35 PM
"Only wealthy out of touch liberals or sociop... by chariotdrvr14 on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 7:59:54 PM
Arizona is on its way to solving its huge problem ... by Mad Jayhawk on Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 10:04:53 PM
I have some inoromation for you, Frosty, if you... by JonmarkP on Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 3:02:35 AM
A border fence has one purpose. To keep Americans ... by Ty on Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 9:53:04 PM