RALEIGH – So when it comes to illegal immigration, Democrats usually cry about how much it would cost to deport all illegal aliens when confronted with conservative solutions for securing our nation. But how much does illegal immigration itself cost, and why is that never considered by the oh-so-compassionate Left?
Well, a website dedicated to creating visual aids about money has compiled the numbers and the final tally is eye-popping – to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars a year.
Where does North Carolina rank? Unfortunately, the Old North State comes in at #8 with an illegal immigration fiscal burden of $2.4 billion per year. That’s billion with a ‘B’, and this doesn’t even factor in costs to the federal government.
That $2.4 billion is roughly equal to the unemployment insurance debt North Carolina owed the federal government after the Great Recession of 2008, except it is happening every year.
As you can see in the map, the highest costs are borne by states with high populations, especially those bordering Mexico. Naturally, then, California and Texas are the top two on the list.
But you’ll also see that Leftist enclaves like Illinois and New York come near the top as they invite illegal aliens with open arms by virtue of their ‘Sanctuary City/State’ policies.
The data, compiled by Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), takes into account a variety of different expenditures, like healthcare, education and refundable tax credits. This is money being taken out of your pocket through taxes and spent to treat, educate and just plain give money to illegal aliens of one variety or the other.
North Carolina, an agricultural powerhouse that attracts a lot of immigrant labor, spends more taxpayer dollars on illegal aliens and their kids than Virginia, Tennessee, or South Carolina.
Imagine what $2.4 billion a year could do for our state, especially if that money could stay where it belongs – in your pocket.
Official estimates from the Department of Homeland Security of what it wold cost to build a border wall are approximately $70 billion. While that is used as a scary number by Democrats and conservative-bashing RINOs like Sen. Thom Tillis, it pales in comparison to the costs of the status quo accumulating year after year.
The longer immigration enforcement and border security remain on the back-burner, the higher these costs will go. Beyond those costs, of course, is the human toll represented by an insecure border and millions of unknown illegal immigrants, many with criminal backgrounds.
How much is too much?