Illegal Aliens Cost Ohio Taxpayers Nearly $900 Million per Year

It isn’t only the Southwest that is getting hammered financially by illegal immigration. Far from the undefended border, Ohio is paying a high price for the absence of a responsible federal government:

In 2012, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) looked at how much illegals were costing the state of Ohio. They report that tax dollars are used to fund education, medical care, law enforcement activities and other government services including food stamps, housing, etc.

At that time, they calculated that there were 9,480 illegal alien children and another 25,375 US born children of illegals in Ohio in 2012. FAIR reported that it cost Ohio taxpayers $364 million per year just for the education of illegals from K through 12. Ohio taxpayers pay an additional $145 million a year for Limited English proficiency instructions, raising the total cost for educating illegals to $509 million per year.

Ohio taxpayers pay $84 million per year for medical expenses for illegals and another $79 million per year for law enforcement costs which includes $20 million a year for illegals in prison. Last year, Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones made the news when he sent a letter to Mexico’s president and secretary of foreign affairs asking for $900,000 for having to deal with Mexico’s criminals. His records showed that his department had arrested over 3,000 illegals just from Mexico over the past 10 years.

Tax contributions by illegals amount to a small percentage of their cost, and would continue to do so even if they were granted full citizenship.

The final analysis for all costs incurred by illegal aliens came to $879 million a year for Ohio taxpayers. Mind you that was in 2012. Illegals have continued to pour into the United States and it only stands to reason that the cost now will exceed $900 million a year to handle illegal aliens.

That’s just for Ohio. For the country as a whole, the cost is almost incalculable. Excessive legal immigration is an even more expensive problem.

If there is any justification for the federal government’s existence, it is to defend the border. Yet the floodgates remain wide open. Our rulers in Washington do not mean the country well.

On a tip from R F. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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