Face it, the vast majority of illegal aliens are poor. They have very little money and most are unskilled and under-educated. Yet, entering the United States illegally makes them wealthy.
To start with, there are hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens that work, get paid but don’t pay federal, state or income taxes. That instantly saves them thousands of dollars. If they do get legal residency, many are only forced to pay around 3 years of back taxes out of the last five years they worked, again, a savings of thousands of dollars.
Then figure medical expenses. Many American citizens pay on average $10.000 a year for medical insurance, plus all of the deductibles and other out of pocket medical expenses. That’s a lot of money.
However, in many parts of America, illegal aliens show up at their local emergency center for many of the medical needs. They are treated, released and pay little to nothing because they are illegal aliens. I have family and friends in various parts of Arizona and I’ve heard from a number of them that a number of urgent care centers and hospitals in smaller communities have been forced to close their doors over the past decade. Why? Because they had to extend free medical care to thousands of illegal aliens. The cost of treating illegals proved to be to much on them so they closed their doors.
This has presented a danger to American citizens that live in the area. One friend of mine told me that a relative in southern Arizona suffered a serious medical crisis. There used to be a small hospital about 15 minutes away, but that closed because of treating illegal aliens, so the family had to drive over an hour over bumpy dirt roads to get to the closest emergency center. By that time, it was too late and his relative died. The doctors said had he received treatment sooner that there would have been a good chance that he would have survived.
What about a college education? A growing number of states are offering in-state tuition to all illegal aliens, while American citizens who want to go to an out of state college or university are forced to pay the much higher out-of-state tuition. Currently, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington offer in-state tuition to all illegal aliens.
To see how that stacks up, I’ll use UCLA as an example. Since I’m from Arizona, if a student from Arizona, the state that borders California, wanted to attend UCLA, it would cost him or her $42,217 in tuition & fees to attend UCLA for the academic 2018-19 year. However, an illegal alien from anywhere in the world would only have to pay $13,225 to attend, a difference of $28,992 a year. Over 4 years, that’s a saving of $115,968. Guess who does end up paying that $115,968? Yep, California taxpayers.
As you can see, being an illegal alien in America saves tens of thousands of dollars compared to the costs and taxes paid by US citizens. No wonder there are between 15million and 20million illegal aliens in America and a number of caravans with thousands more heading our way.
This folks, is why it was calculated that illegal aliens cost US taxpayers over $100 billion a year and that figure grows every year as costs increase and more illegals enter the country. Can you imagine how much it would cost us taxpayers if Democrats get their way and open the borders?
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