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In hosting America's largest population of illegal immigrants, California bears a huge cost to provide basic human services for this fast growing, low-income segment of its population. A new study from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) examines the costs of education, health care and incarceration of illegal aliens, and concludes that the costs to Californians is $10.5 billion per year.
The more than $10.1 billion in costs incurred by California taxpayers is composed of outlays in the following areas:
* Education. Based on estimates of the illegal immigrant population in California and documented costs of K-12 schooling, Californians spend approximately $7.7 billion annually on education for illegal immigrant children and for their U.S.-born siblings. Nearly 15 percent of the K-12 public school students in California are children of illegal aliens.
* Health care. Uncompensated medical outlays for health care provided to the state's illegal alien population amount to about $1.4 billion a year.
* Incarceration. The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in California's prisons and jails amounts to about $1.4 billion a year (not including related law enforcement and judicial expenditures or the monetary costs of the crimes that led to their incarceration).
The costs of illegal immigration are both quantifiable
and non-quantifiable. Because data on illegal
immigration generally are not collected, even
quantifiable costs must be educated estimates.
The absence of recorded data on illegal alien
enrollment in school, use of taxpayer-supported
medical care, and other public services is not accidental.
Estimates of the costs of uncompensated medical
outlays are necessarily imprecise. As the U.S.
General Accounting Office noted in a May 2004
report, “Hospitals generally do not collect information
on their patients’ immigration status, and
as a result, an accurate assessment of undocumented
aliens’ impact on hospitals’ uncompensated
care costs — those not paid by patients or by
insurance — remains elusive.”30
However, there is no doubt that illegal immigrant
Assuming that the illegal alien inmate population
in California has risen to 48,000 prisoner
years, the incarceration cost will be about $1.5
billion per year. Offsetting reimbursements
under SCAAP reduce that to a net amount of
out-of pocket expenditures of about $1.4 billio
Originally posted by Target Earth
I don't live in California, but I would kinda worry about a massive spike in crime.
I would think, that welfare recipients would become more desperate and turn to crime.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
In any event the hypocrisy is disgraceful.