By Daniel Greenfield
Lefties often like to tell us what we could get for the billions that we spend on new military hardware. They’re less enthusiastic about telling us what we could get for the billions we spend on welfare or environmental projects or research grants that study alcoholism in lesbian mice. Or the $135 billion a year that illegal aliens cost us.
The swelling population of illegal immigrants and their kids is costing American taxpayers $135 billion a year, the highest ever, driven by free medical care, education and a huge law enforcement bill, according to the the most authoritative report on the issue yet.
And despite claims from pro-illegal immigration advocates that the aliens pay significant off-setting taxes back to federal, state and local treasuries, the Federation for American Immigration Reform report tallied just $19 billion, making the final hit to taxpayers about $116 billion.
State and local governments are getting ravaged by the costs, at over $88 billion. The federal government, by comparison, is getting off easy at $45 billion in costs for illegals.
And if you think that illegal aliens are expensive, try legalizing them and watch how much giving them access to every single government handout will cost.
Or how much giving Dems control of entire states would cost the country in new taxes, regulations, and depressed economic growth.
Already we have illegal districts. With amnesty, we would have an illegal nation.
This article first appeared at FrontPageMag.