Study says influx of illegal immigrants will cost taxpayers $20 billion per year

During an appearance last Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press, Vice President Kamala Harris told host Chuck Todd  that the Biden administration has secured America’s southern border.

However, figures released by Customs and Border Protection last month showed that there had been nearly 2 million illegal crossings in fiscal year 2022. An immigration reform group says that crisis will cost taxpayers another $20 billion annually.

Study estimates that each new illegal migrant will cost taxpayers $9,232 per year

Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is an organization which seeks to reduce immigration levels, and according to Fox News, it recently released a report on how much the border crisis is going to cost.

FAIR’s study estimates that each illegal migrant costs $9,232 a year to support, which means the recent influx will carrying a cost of $20 billion.

This will come on top of the estimated annual $140 billion price tag that illegal immigrants who are already present in the country carry.

Group says price tag for border crisis would be enough to end veteran homelessness

Dan Stein serves as president of FAIR, and in a statement, he pointed out that the cost generated by illegal immigration will come at a time when Americans are hurting.

“Even in an age in which trillion dollar spending packages are considered modest, the additional $20.4 billion the Biden Border Crisis has heaped onto the backs of American taxpayers is still staggering,” Fox News quoted Stein as saying.

“Twenty point four billion dollars could address some very important needs of the American public, instead of covering the costs of the surge of illegal migration triggered by this administration’s policies,” Stein added.

For perspective, FAIR’s website stated that for $20 billion a year, the federal government could “effectively end veteran homelessness” by providing every homeless veteran with $50,000 annually.

What’s more, FAIR contends that the sum total would cover the cost of hiring “more than 315,000 police officers to combat rising crime across the country.”