Effects of Immigration on the Economy

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| Illegal Immigrants Are They A Stress On Our Economy. | | | Joanna Przyborski | 10/27/2012 |


Illegal immigration is an issue that has been highly debated in the United States for decades, and the effects of these immigrants will be for many to come, especially with the country in a recession and many people in economic trouble. December 1, 2008 the National Bureau of Economic Research officially declared the U.S. in a recession. Before 2007, U.S. economy has grown in 23 of the last 25 years. During this period, the U.S. attracted record numbers of new immigrants. The U.S. foreign-born population had quadrupled from 9.6 million in 1970 to 38.1 million in 2007. In the past decade, more than one million
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The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $117.00. Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost for taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion”. (Simmons 2006). At the state and local levels, the taxes recouped through taxes collected from illegal immigrants’ average less than 5% of the public costs associated with illegal immigrants. Some staggering statistics, California facing a budget deficit in 2010-2011 of $14.4 billion is facing the expenses of $21.8 billion to take care of illegal immigrants; likewise, in New York $6.8 billion deficit is smaller than the $9.5 billion in yearly costs for illegal immigrants. A number of illegal immigrants have children once they are here in the U.S. making their children U.S. citizens and so, they cannot be counted as part of the total number of undocumented children in the U.S. even though an illegal immigrant heads their household. Immigration has accounted for a large majority of the increase in enrollment in public schools. Seven percent of the school age children are from illegal immigrant families. Many of these children require additional assistance, which is an added cost to the school system. April 2006, a Standard and Poor’s annalists wrote, “Local school districts are estimated to educate 1.8 million undocumented children. At an annual cost of $7500 per student, the cost of


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