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Cost of illegals to California $10.5 billion

An analysis of recent census data indicates that the presence of illegal aliens in California is costing the state’s taxpayers more than $10.5 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration.

The report, written by the Federation of American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, states that even if the tax contributions of illegal aliens are subtracted, state government outlays still amount to nearly $9 billion a year.

The $10.5 billion figure translates into a burden to native-born residents of $1,183 per household.

FAIR notes that the results of the report take into account only state of California costs and do not include the cost of illegal aliens born by the federal government.

The report breaks down the costs of the three main areas of services, education medial care and incarceration.

Based on estimates of the illegal alien population in California and documented costs of K-12 schooling, Californians spend approximately $7.7 billion annually on education for illegal-alien children and for their U.S.-born siblings, says the report. Nearly 15 percent of the K-12 public school students in California are children of illegals.

The report shows uncompensated medical outlays for health care provided to the state’s illegal alien population amount to about $1.4 billion a year.

The cost of incarcerating illegal aliens in California’s prisons and jails amounts to about $1.4 billion a year. That figure does not include related law enforcement and judicial expenditures or the monetary costs of the crimes that led to their incarceration, the report notes.

FAIR says the total of taxes paid into the system by illegal aliens can be estimated at about $1.6 billion per year.

States the report’s executive summary: “The fiscal costs of illegal immigration do not end with these three major cost areas. The total costs of illegal immigration to the state’s taxpayers would be considerably higher if other cost areas such as special English instruction, school feeding programs or welfare benefits for American workers displaced by illegal alien workers were added into the equation.”

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