One argument you might hear from liberal talking heads is that illegal immigrants don’t cost taxpayers anything, because due to their illegal status, they can’t claim government benefits.
It’s a naive understanding of the costs associated with unrestricted immigration. We can’t screen illegals for disease like we can legal immigrants, for one. There are also other problems such as increased levels of criminality. But back to financial costs, the children of illegal immigrants will be legal citizens thanks to birthright citizenship, and they’ll impose costs on the education system (which at this time, costs around $11,000 per year to educate).
And the number of children born to illegal aliens isn’t just growing – it’s exploding. As the Federalist Papers reported, the figures are staggering:
Moms in the United States illegally gave birth to 275,000 babies in 2014, enough birthright U.S. citizens to fill a city the size of Orlando, Florida, according to an analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The data showed that newborns to illegals accounted for 7 percent of all births in 2014, according to the analysis from the Pew Research Center.
The report reviews births to unmarried foreign-born and American born women. Those who are foreign born, including illegals, are seeing their birthrate drop, though it is still making up for the decline in births by American women.
— Pew Research Center (@pewresearch) October 26, 2016
According to Pew’s report; “In 2014, about 275,000 babies were born to unauthorized-immigrant parents in the U.S., accounting for about 7 percent of all U.S. births, and 32 percent of all U.S. births to foreign-born mothers.”
“A third of all births to foreign-born mothers were to unmarried women – down from a peak of 37 percent in 2008. At the same time, the rate has held steady for U.S.-born women and now stands at 42 percent,” the study continued.
According to Pew, the birthrate among U.S.-born women has declined, so the rise in the birthrate is solely because of immigrant mothers.
Given that those born to illegal immigrants (and legal immigrants too, actually), this is going to drop a bomb on the government’s budget down the line. To give just a few statistics; An estimated 49 percent of households headed by legal immigrants used one or more welfare programs in 2012, compared to 30 percent of households headed by natives, and legal immigrant households account for three-quarters of all immigrant households accessing one or more welfare programs.
Building a wall at the border would cost billions – but it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the alternative.