llegal immigration in Mexico has been a problem, especially since
the 1970s. Although the number of deportations is declining with 61,034
registered cases in 2011.ew Mexico has a growing illegal alien population, and a growing
fiscal burden on its legal residents resulting from the services
provided to illegal aliens and their dependents. At the same time state
policies encourage additional illegal immigration by offering benefits
and services to illegal aliens, including being one of only two states
that issues them driver's licenses. This report identifies more than
$717 million in annual fiscal costs borne by the state's taxpayers
because of the illegal alien population.
Key findings are these:
The cost of providing K-12 education the children of illegal
aliens (including students who are themselves illegal and the U.S.-born
children of illegal aliens) amounts to $438 million annually.
Additionally, the cost of supplemental English language instruction is
$54 million a year.
Unreimbursed health care and social assistance programs cost New Mexicans $108 million a year.
Justice and law enforcement costs associated with illegal aliens add $76 million to the state's tab.
The cost of general public services provided to New Mexico's
illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children adds $42 million a year to
the state's costs.
The $717 million fiscal burden from illegal immigration costs
taxpayers in New Mexico an average of about $1,000 per New Mexico
household headed by a U.S. citizen.
State lawmakers have available the means to reduce that burden, and
foremost should be terminating the provision of driver's licenses to
illegal aliens, and effectively denying jobs to those without legal work
Nov 11th, 2014
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