The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on Texans

FAIR, January 17, 2014

After a brief hiatus that coincided with the worst of the economic recession, Texas’s illegal alien population is on the rise again. There are about 1,810,000 illegal aliens residing in Texas—70,000 more than resided in the state in 2010 when we estimated the fiscal burden at nearly $8.9 billion annually.

In 2013, illegal immigration cost Texas taxpayers about $12.1 billion annually. That amounts to more than $1,197 for every Texas household headed by a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen. The taxes paid by illegal aliens—estimated at $1.27 billion per year—do not come close to paying for those outlays, but we include an estimate of revenue from sales taxes, property taxes, alcohol taxes, and cigarette taxes.

Examining Texas’s fiscal outlays from the perspective of the current debate over adopting an amnesty for illegal aliens, we find that the fiscal burden to taxpayers would not be significantly lessened even if an amnesty like that proposed in the Senate’s S.744 were enacted. In fact, it becomes clear that the only way to significantly reduce the fiscal burden is to reduce the size of the population that illegally entered the country. State and local policymakers have options available to accomplish that objective. In Arizona, efforts to discourage the arrival of additional illegal residents and to hold employers accountable for knowingly hiring illegal workers have been effective in reducing the illegal alien population and, thereby, the fiscal costs associated with that population.

Aside from emotional arguments about compassion, proponents of an amnesty argue that granting legal status would allow the illegal alien population to seek higher paying jobs, move out of poverty, and contribute more taxes. Opponents of the amnesty proposal argue that besides undermining respect for the law the measure would encourage future illegal immigration and put the illegal alien population on the path to collecting the full range of public benefits that currently are not legally available.

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  • Whitetrashgang

    Each Texan household should hold back 1,197 in taxes a year. Or go back 10 years and withhold 11,197, if every does it what can the crooks on the top do?

    • LACounty

      Every White American household should do that.

  • Greg Thomas

    Illegal invading mexicans will always be a burden wherever they go.

  • Aside from the election year gimmicks of it, now you know why the Democrats want some form of the VRA to return, and for it to apply to Texas.

  • TXCriollo

    Illegals in texas are parasites they use what they can and leave the state once they screw up. We had a problem in San antiono where mexican Americans refused to send there kids to school with illegals kids. The with the vra gone lots of laws will change in texas the illegals and there supporters better be ready

    • Alfred the Great

      I doubt anything substantive will ever be done by the line up of jerks we have in Austin.

  • sbuffalonative

    No one can believe that Hispanics are a plus to the economy. They are poorly educated, they work at minimum wages job, they have large family to support on minimum wage, they clearly can’t support themselves and their families in a first world economy on minimum wage. Their housing, food, medical cost, transportion and more will have to be subsided by welfare programs. Taxes will have to go up to support them.

    • William_JD

      Remember what Peter Schaeffer pointed out:
      US workers work 250 billion hours per year. US healthcare costs are $3 trillion per year. That’s $12 per hour every worker needs to make just to pay his share of healthcare costs.

      So when you say, “they clearly can’t support themselves and their families in a first world economy on minimum wage” — that’s a huge understatement!

    • PvtCharlieSlate

      I’ll add this about Hispanics (from personal experience): they will work like demons at anything simple and manual, but put one in a clean shirt and tie and he becomes next to useless. It’s all about attitude and doing as little as possible. Mr MachoMan isn’t supposed to get his hands the least bit soiled.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I live in Texas, and we have a democrat in office that’s why.
    Don’t let that “R” after Rick Perry’s name fool you, this is a liberal democrat, who ran as a republican so he can win.

    • Alfred the Great

      Ditto! What a >(%&%# piece of %@*^!
      By the way, I knew I liked your posts for some reason.

    • kjh64

      Perry voted against E-verify because businesses that hired Mexican illegals didn’t want it. He is a politician plain and simple, as corrupt as the rest of them. He, like a lot of Republicans blather about lower taxes but they sure don’t mind the average American worker paying huge amounts of taxes on illegals to businesses can get their cheap labor.

      • Ella

        I think Perry first supported the major Tex-Mex corridor through Texas, about 3-miles wide, connecting Mexico to Chicago for shipping unlimited Chinese goods. Many Texans fought the planning and Perry backed down being close to election year. Many farms mainly and small towns would have been divided. You can thank the NAFTA folks like Bush and other hog heads.

  • Pro_Whitey

    I think those numbers are too low. I realize it is from FAIR, but I wonder if they have fallen for the trick that the kids of illegals born here are citizens, and therefore do not count against the burden caused by illegals. I say they are not citizens, and they should be counted, if they are not already.

  • Erasmus

    Texans, the next time your local GOP calls you asking for money, remember it was Duh-byah’s malfeasance that helped let so many of these squatties into your state.

    • Alfred the Great

      You’re absolutely correct. They’re all a bunch of sell outs. W is a communist, to put it lightly.

    • kenfrombayside

      Don’t forget to return those those Business Reply envelopes with no money.

  • bubo

    You mean they actually COST us money? I was told that we needed these immigrants to pay for us YT’s when we retire.

  • c684570

    This brings us to the only valid argument supporting immigration: economics. I wonder how much the average Texan household saves from cheap labor. Of course that would not include other externalities, but I would like to see the costs and benefits of immigration set in sheer economics terms.

  • Spartacus

    But I thought they were supposed to bring enrichment ?

    • mikefromwichita

      They DO!!!!!! To the 1%.

  • Alfred the Great

    “native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen”
    How about “native born or naturalized Greatest State of Texas citizen! By the Constitutions of the general and State governments, there are two types of citizens: federal and State. Everybody is a federal citizen, but not everybody is a State citizen. By the way, I am a Texan first and foremost! Wait a minute, I think I hear some black SUVs rolling up!

  • willbest

    Step 1) kick every kid out of school that can’t prove they and their guardian are US citizens

    Step 2) Every employer found to have hired an illegal alien in the state of Texas becomes liable for the entire $11 billion.

    Step 3) Provide a $2,000 bounty for every tip that leads to the discovery of of an illegal alien employed in the state.

    • Alfred the Great

      Please capitalize the ‘S’ in state. It’s the name of the State of Texas.

  • roadgeek

    Our leadership here in Texas, Perry, Dewhurst, Straus et al, all support keeping the low-enforcement, open border system just the way it is. No overt amnesty but no enhanced inland security either. It’s all about a cheap workforce to these three.Their campaign donors insist on having it this way. Oh, they’ll say the right things during primary season, to please the base, but when the Lege comes into session nothing ever changes.

    • IstvanIN

      Cheap labor isn’t cheap, however, it is supported by the taxpayers. And, in an advanced society, as thing become more and more automated (you should see the newest milk machines and even chicken deboners) you need fewer and fewer low IQ workers. It is false economy and a long term burden on society.

      • Reverend Bacon

        Politicians want the true cost of cheap labor to be borne by future generations, who will always be too young to vote for the current crop.

        It’s a bit like slavery, actually- free labor wasn’t free, was it?

  • IstvanIN

    California is an artificial construct, everything, from the aqueducts, the farms, the cities, everything is artificial. The California you see today was engineered, built and maintained by the White man. The entire environment is man-made. Without us it is simply going back to nature. The mestizos are sort of like the rats and roaches that come in to feed off the rotting carcass when the maintenance stops. When we stopped protecting the border, which is part of the maintenance of the artificial environment, the system began to break down. The problem is as things fall apart and drought and fires get worse, the rest of us will have to pay, through the federal government, to keep California on life support. And it will drag us down with it until the final collapse.

  • kenfrombayside

    Attn Texans: print out this article so you can mail it to your so-called elected officials. It you do nothing, you are part of the problem.

  • mikefromwichita

    The wealthy of Texas use the illegals in the same way that cotton belt rent seeking landlords used the negro as a club to exploit the White working class 80 years ago. Ordinary Whites need to start understanding that Unions properly used are a strong economic tool for the betterment of our Race and that very often rent seeking greedy White folks are the greatest enemy of the Race.

    • emiledurk16

      As long as the Union isn’t the dam SEIU. Public enemy # 1.

      • mobilebay

        emilegurk16, just yesterday I saw a piece on a woman who cares for her son, who is in his 20s, and is completely disabled by some disease. He requires 24- hours care. The SEIU has demanded that she join the union (of nurses or caregivers, I suppose). She replied that she had taken care of him all his life and could do it better than anyone else. I think her case has gone to the Supreme Court. I sincerely hope she wins. Unions have become just a gang of thugs.