On July 6th, 2010, the Federation for American Immigration Reform issued a report in which they estimate the total annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion combined. The states are bearing the brunt of the costs; while the federal share is nearly $29 billion, it escalates to $84.2 billion at the state and local level. The report also includes state-by-state breakdowns, and shows Utah's cost to be about $453 million. The study also estimates tax collections from illegal alien workers, both those in the above-ground economy and those in the underground economy. The local Utah media appear decidedly disinterested in this report.
-- Read national media story from Fox News HERE
-- Read seven-page executive summary HERE
-- Read 104-page full report HERE
-- Read comparison of state budget gaps and state expenditures on illegals HERE.
-- Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84.2 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
-- The annual outlay that illegal aliens cost U.S. taxpayers is an average amount per native-headed household of $1,117. The fiscal impact per household varies considerably because the greatest share of the burden falls on state and local taxpayers whose burden depends on the size of the illegal alien population in that locality
-- Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.
-- At the federal level, about one-third of outlays are matched by tax collections from illegal aliens. At the state and local level, an average of less than 5 percent of the public costs associated with illegal immigration is recouped through taxes collected from illegal aliens.
-- Most illegal aliens do not pay income taxes. Among those who do, much of the revenues collected are refunded to the illegal aliens when they file tax returns. Many are also claiming tax credits resulting in payments from the U.S. Treasury.
The state-by-state breakdown begins on page 52 of the full report. Tables 8, 12, 13, and 14 are of interest. Table 15 on page 77 reveals a total outlay for Utah of $452.9 million. Categorical Breakdown:
-- K/12 Education: $239,200,000
-- LEP (Limited English Proficiency): $48,100,000
-- University: $2,900,000 (refers to Post-Secondary Education of U.S. Born Children of Illegal Aliens)
-- Medicaid: $57,700,000
-- SCHIP (State Child Health Insurance Program): $9,900,000
-- Justice: $53,800,000
-- Welfare: $14,800,000
-- General: $26,500,000 (defined as common taxpayer-funded municipal services; also includes free and subsidized costs of school meals, since states must provide 30 percent of matching funds to qualify for Federal funding)
It is estimated that there are 100,000 illegal immigrants in Utah. Both Salt Lake City and Provo are considered sanctuary cities for illegals by OJJPAC. There are a number of in-state advocacy groups contending against illegal immigration:
-- Utah Coalition on Illegal Immigration
-- Utah Minuteman Project
---- UFIRE Legislative Report Card HERE
-- Citizens Council on Illegal Immigration in Washington County
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, headquartered in Utah and commanding the spiritual allegiance of two-thirds of the state's residents, takes no official position on immigration laws, considering it a secular matter. Their most recent official statement is available HERE.
Methodology: FAIR estimates the illegal alien population to be around 13 million, based on a 2007 estimate of 11.78 million by the Department of Homeland Security.
In their cost estimates they also include the minor children of illegal aliens born in the United States, which adds another 3.4 million children to the 1.3 million children who are illegal aliens themselves. They include these U.S. citizen children of illegal aliens because the fiscal outlays for them are a direct result of the illegal migration that led to their U.S. birth. They do so as well in the assumption that if the parents leave voluntarily or involuntarily they will take these children with them. The birth of these children and their subsequent medical care represent a large share of the estimated Medicaid and Child Health Insurance Program expenditures associated with illegal aliens.
FAIR uses data collected by the federal and state governments on school expenses, Limited English Proficiency enrollment, school meal programs, university enrollment, and other public assistance programs administered at the federal and state level. Estimates of incarceration expenses are based on data collected in the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program in which state and local detention facilities seek federal compensation for the cost of detention of criminal and deportable aliens. Estimates for other administration of justice expenditures are based on data collected from the states by the U.S. Department of Justice. General government expenditures are estimated for other non-enumerated functions of government at both the federal and local level.