In September 2016, we reported on a study by The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine which concluded that immigration is an economic bludgeon. By incorporating a slew of variables to analyze the impact of both lawful and unlawful immigration, the NAS reported that immigration costs taxpayers between $43 billion and $296 billion annually. A more recent study suggests that the more likely figure is closer to the high end of the spectrum.
In September 2017, Matt O'Brien and Spencer Raley published a detailed Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) report titled, “The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers.” They calculate that total governmental expenditures add up to $135 billion annually. But illegal immigrants only contribute about $19 billion in taxes, leaving a total economic impact of $116 billion.
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