Illegal immigration costs American taxpayers $116 billion annually, according to a new report published by the Washington, D.C.-based Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). Illegal aliens’ presence in the United States has long been debated. Advocates claim that many do jobs Americans won’t and that the services they perform grow the economy.
Indeed, a sizable body of evidence indicates that all immigration, legal and illegal, grows the overall GDP. But more important, high, sustained immigration levels have a dramatically negative effect on per capita GDP, one reason why income inequality has increased nationwide. Immigration adds more poor to the population.
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Titled “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers,” the FAIR study’s introduction states that the federal government’s