A report recently released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), has found that the estimated 13 million illegal immigrants and their United States-born children may cost American taxpayers as much as $113 billion a year.
The organization, which advocates a comprehensive immigration reform in the spirit of national security, job and environment protection, has said that educating illegal aliens children is the single largest public expenditure, costing some $52 billion each year. In Arizona alone, these costs are as high as $2.5 billion annually.
It added that the costs are borne mainly by state and local governments.
The report also found that governments are only able to recoup about a third of their costs through taxes, which appears to suggest that Democrats idea of granting amnesty to illegal aliens would not significantly increase tax revenues generated by that group.
"[Our report] provides a definitive response to the question of whether illegal aliens are a net benefit or a net drain on government coffers," said Dan Stein president of FAIR.
One hundred thirteen billion dollars a year, and growing, makes our nation’s failure to control illegal immigration one of the largest preventable burdens borne by American taxpayers, he added.
However, the report was criticized by Immigration Policy Center, which said that it fails to consider the economic benefits that stem from the purchasing power of unauthorized consumers, which supports U.S. businesses and jobs.