How many illegals and jobs taken
March 13, 2017
DATA COLLECTION METHODS: This site does not contain any original research, it contains research and data already released to the public so they don't need to mine the numerous reports themselves. Significant effort is made to provide what is believed to be the most reliable data and as such is published in good faith to maintain integrity of data. We find that the data used is sufficiently reliable for the purposes of this site.
The methodology; find the data as far back as available, total to the current date and project the rate of increase. Some counters are formulated with their beginning numbers that date back several years. Others, because older data was not available begin more recently. The beginning year will be noted with each counter data source. If available, trend data from the previous years are used to set the clock update rates.
The data is reviewed periodically yet because of the nature of data related to illegal immigration some information on this site may contain minor inaccuracies. As new data becomes available each counter will be modified. Information may be changed or updated without notice. ImmigrationCounters.com provides the Site as a free source of useful information to the general public. More counters will be added as the data becomes available.
As a result of illegal immigration government agencies have benefited due to growth in their programs to meet the expanding demands of their services. Some businesses are temporarily benefiting from illegal hiring. However, because of the increased costs of social services, law enforcement, lost revenue due to displaced legal hires, lost revenue from tax fraud and remittances, no sound research supports a net financial gain to the country. These costs are shifted over into higher taxes and insurance premiums. Non-profit services provided to illegal immigrants shifts resources that could be used for legal immigrants and citizens. The majority of research finds that illegal immigration is bad for America and often the illegal immigrants themselves. The intent of the immigration laws and that of the nation's founders are being violated on a scale few could have imagined. It is presumptuous for the government to assume it can implement a new and expanded amnesty guest worker program when its been unable or unwilling to manage the existing immigration laws.
This site is not intended to foster hatred or discrimination towards anyone, only to provide information so the public can make informed decisions on their own. The ramifications of illegal immigration goes beyond numbers and money and impacts all aspects of society. This topic is covered in greater detail through the books and links provided.
The public needs to be aware of some of the latest Politically Correct terms or "code words" used by activists, anti-enforcement groups and policy makers to avoid the social stigma of the word "illegal." As follows;
Foreign-Born Workforce, Law Abiding Undocumented, Undocumented Workers, Undocumented Immigrants, Undocumented Aliens, Undocumented Migrants, Unauthorized Population, Unauthorized Workers, Foreign-Born Population, Unauthorized Migrants, First Generation, Non-Citizens.
Activists use of the term "immigrant rights" does not apply to illegal immigrants who have no legal rights in the country, only human rights.
It's also important to realise that because of massive document and I.D. fraud, when an undocumented person is caught they're actually some of the most documented people in the world, it's just all fraudulent.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IN COUNTRY, many more than 10M, many are unemployed or dependents:
Background: The popular myth that there are "10-11M undocumented workers in the country" is misleading, disingenuous and blatantly false. That figure fails to factor in the chain migration unemployed dependent family members (wives, grandparents, migrant children, migrant girlfriends, single mothers, anchor babies), the adult unemployed, those incarcerated, transients and fugitives. After the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was directed by Congress to stop counting in 1981, even the conservative numbers of the 2000 Census Bureau (CB) estimated at that time the total illegal immigration population was about 8 million. That figure was never intended to only represent the number of workers as is incorrectly quoted today.
Because of the nature of illegal immigration only the nearest estimates are possible. Illegal immigration generally falls into one of two categories: those who entered the country illegally and those who were admitted legally as visitors or on temporary work status and overstayed their visa. The legal status of non-citizens is not routinely ascertained in censuses or surveys with sample sizes sufficient for making accurate national population estimates. An alien registration program at the INS, requiring all resident aliens to report their status annually was discontinued by Congress in 1981. It is unrealistic to expect the Census Bureau to locate the majority of illegal immigrants in the country, nor is it realistic to expect illegal immigrants to fill out census forms. By not revealing their legal status and other personal information, they seek to avoid coming to the government‘s attention. To compound the problem, government officials and researchers often underestimate the effectiveness of the communication networks and the scale of documentation fraud among the illegal immigrant population. The following article highlights how the government has failed to address document fraud.
In spite of these limitations, the Census Bureau did develop some estimates of their own. Their estimates at the time of the 2000 Census indicated that the illegal immigration population was about 8 million. Using this number, it can be reasonably estimated that the illegal-alien population grew by about half a million a year in the 1990s. This estimate is derived from a draft report given to the House Immigration Subcommittee by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) that estimated the illegal population was 3.5 million in 1990. For the illegal population to have reached 8 million by 2000, the net increase had to be 400,000 to 500,000 per year during the 1990's. The Census Bureau currently estimates a net increase of 500,000 illegal immigrants annually and a current population of about 10.5 million. This number represents one of the lower estimates and is disputed by many in the industry.
In a document by The Pew Hispanic Center, “Estimates of the Size and Characteristics of the Undocumented Population“, March 2005. They estimated about 11.1 million illegal aliens the previous year and 11.5 to 12 million as of March 2006. The March 2006 estimate found that illegal immigrants have a total of about 3.1 million children who were born in the U.S, and are now U.S. citizens, other sources place this number at 5 million. The report is provided here.
On the high end of the spectrum are some private groups that randomly select single sources of data, such as an interview with a border patrol agent or with one elected official. Those sources have placed the numbers around 30 million. Until more data is provided, ImmigrationCounters.com does not yet side with the 30 million figure, yet notes that it may indeed be that high.
ImmigrationCounters.com subscribes to estimates from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of 700,000 per year who enter illegally (includes children) or are visa overstay fugitives. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates 700,000-800,000 per year http://pewhispanic.org/files/reports/44.pdf . We also side with an independent report from Bear Stearns, “The Underground Labor Force Is Rising To The Surface," January 3, 2005. This report estimates the number to be around 20 million based on ancillary sources of data that provide evidence the rate of growth is much greater than the Census Bureau estimated. The Bear Stearns report is provided here.
The Congressional Budget Office projects 700-900K Illegal Immigrants entering annually and 70 million in the next 20 years.
FY2006 - USDOJ saw 317,000 Removal Procedings. Removal procedings and actual deportations are separate figures: http://www.usdoj.gov/eoir/statspub/fy06syb.pdf
Border Patrol Agents place number of illegal immigrants closer to 20M: http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?fi...01edit.htm
Note: In FY2006, ICE increased in the number of deportations to 185,431. This counter will be lowered by this amount on 1 September 2007. The report is provided here:
Counter Data: Department of Homeland Security and Bear Stearns Report, Increase of 700,000 per year. 700k /12 months = 58,333 per month = 1,944 per day = 81 per hr = 1.35 per minute = .02 per second. Beginning Jan 05 to June 06 = 291,665. Starting number 20,291,665 and update at 1.35 per minute or .02 per second. Clock start date is 1 June 06.
Other Than Mexican (OTM) counter. The projected number of illegal immigrants in the country from countries other than Mexico.
85% of OTMs fail to show for court after released. As of July 2005, 465,000 OTMs were released back into the United States after being detained: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/07/2...1912.shtml
China refuses to take its people back and so American officials tend to simply release them. Some 39,000 illegal immigrants from China are living in the United States despite final deportation orders. http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?fi...406nj2.htm
In the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2001, 5,251 non-Mexicans were freed on their own recognizance from Border Patrol custody, according to statistics the agency provided. In fiscal year 2002, that rose to 5,725. Fiscal 2003: 7,972. Fiscal 2004: 34,161. Last year's number included at least 91 illegal immigrants from "special-interest" countries. Releases have soared again this year. With four months left in the fiscal cycle, 70,624 OTMs have been released on their own recognizance - or 70 percent of all non-Mexicans apprehended by the Border Patrol. That includes 50 illegal immigrants from "special-interest" countries, Border Patrol spokesman Salvador Zamora says. http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/immigration/otm.htm
Since September 2004, over 20,000 OTMs returned to their native countries. http://www.opencrs.com/rpts/RL33097_20050922.pdf
The number of OTMs attempting to enter the country illegally has increased dramatically. Over 119,000 apprehensions of OTMs in 2005, a 58% increase from 2004 and 220% increase since 2003 while Mexican apprehensions have remained relatively stable over the same period. 87,948 OTMs were arrested in FY2005, 63,494 of them were then released back into the United States: http://www.opencrs.com/rpts/RL33097_20050922.pdf
75,000 OTMs released fail to appear in court. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/articl...E_ID=44390
The top 25 OTM countries listed on Table 2: http://www.opencrs.com/rpts/RL33097_20050922.pdf
In 2004, over 44,000 OTMs allowed into the United States illegally: http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0322/p01s01-uspo.html
In the first eight months of FY2005, over 70,000 OTMs caught trying to enter the country illegally. Fewer than 15% released on bond or their own recognizance show up for court: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,162199,00.html
More than 70,000 OTMs have entered the US from October 04 to July 05: http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/news/national/070505_otms
Mexican nationals caught illegally trying to enter the country are bused back to the border if they do not have a criminal record. OTMs, however, are sent to ICE detention centers, where they are released into the U.S. public if they do not have a felony conviction and do not pose a threat to national security. ICE is required by law to release illegal aliens who pose no threat. Those migrants are given a notice to appear in court, but Border Patrol agents call it "a notice to disappear." To date, according to the GovExec.com report, ICE has released about 1 million illegal aliens into the country. Out of that, about 465,000 never showed up for their court hearing, and about 85,000 have criminal records. http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles...3945.shtml
Illegal Aliens from Special Interest Countries (SIC) and State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) Countries. A significant number of OTMs that are apprehended and released each year originate from SIC and SST. From FY 2001 through the first half of FY 2005, 91,516 SIC and SST aliens were apprehended of which 45,000 (49%) were later released. It is not known exactly how many of these SIC and SST aliens were ultimately issued final orders of removal and were actually removed since such data is not tracked by DRO. However, assuming SIC and SST aliens are being removed at the same rate as other apprehended and released aliens, 85 percent of the SIC and SST aliens released who eventually receive final orders of removal will abscond. http://michellemalkin.com/2007/05/01/may...ders-math/
As of November 2004, the government has lost track of about 400,000 OTMs, only about 6% are captured and detained: http://www.click2houston.com/news/3927799/detail.html
TIME estimates, based on longtime government formulas for calculating how many elude capture, that as many as 190,000 illegals from countries other than Mexico have melted into the U.S.. population so far this year (Sept 2004). The border patrol, which is run by the Department of Homeland Security, refuses to break down OTMS by country. But local law officers, ranchers and others who confront the issue daily tell TIME they have encountered not only a wide variety of Latin Americans (from Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Nicaragua and Venezuela) but also intruders from Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Russia and China as well as Egypt, Iran and Iraq. Law-enforcement authorities believe the mass movement of illegals, wherever they are from, offers the perfect cover for terrorists seeking to enter the U.S.., especially since tighter controls have been imposed at airports. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/articl...-1,00.html
The Border Patrol is on pace to apprehend about 1.2 million illegal immigrants this fiscal year, which is about the same as last year. Out of that, about 12 percent are OTMs, which represent a small -- but growing -- portion of undocumented immigrants caught illegally entering the country. http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0605/060805c1.htm
COUNTER DATA: Government OTM estimates are about 400,000 OTMs for 2004, 465,000 for 2005. From 2001-2005 there was an increase of about 123,700. This is a five year average increase of around 24,700 per year bringing the 2006 total to 489,700. For 2007 the projected increase is 2,058 per month, 68 per day, 2.8 per hour, .047 per minute and .0007 per second: Starting number is 504,106 beginning August 1st, 2007.
MONEY WIRED TO MEXICO: Good for Mexico, lost revenue that America needs:
Background: The term "Money Wired" represents all forms of methods used for transfer. Only officially recorded remittances are published in this counter, as much as 50% of remittances go unreported. In October 2002, Banco de Mexico issued a set of rules instructing all firms dedicated to the service of funds transfers to provide monthly information on the amounts and volume of remittance sent to Mexico, classified by Mexican recipient state. In 1993, however, the Central Bank realized that there was a lot of money flowing into Mexico that still was not being counted because it was entering the country through electronic transfers, an expanded array of banking and other financial institutions, pocket transfers, and in-kind transfers. Thus, it incorporated into its balance of payments electronic transfers of remittances (with the assistance of the relevant companies) as well as an estimate of pocket and in-kind transfers. This had a significant impact on the bank’s estimate of remittances, leading to a reported $3.69 billion in 1994, $3.67 billion in 1995, and $4.2 billion in 1996 (Migration News 1997). These are consistent with other estimates, including Lozano-Ascencio 1996 ($3.87 billion), World Bank 1997 ($3.7 billion), and the Binational Study 1997 ($2.5-$3.9 billion).
In 2003, an estimated 40 million remittance transactions carried money from the United States to Mexico. http://pewhispanic.org/files/reports/28.pdf
Source: The Miami Herald, February 01, 2006 “Remittances reach US$20 billion in 2005.” “Remittances sent home by Mexicans living abroad rose to US$20 billion in 2005, a 17 percent increase over the year before, the Bank of Mexico reported on Tuesday.” The report is provided below.
Source: Contrary to the popular myth that illegal immigrants are scratching out a meager living in the United States while money is sent home to their struggling families, a "Remittance Housing Market" exists where remittances are being used to buy homes in their native countries. A survey conducted by Inter-American Development Bank has identified the strong potential demand of migrant communities to purchase homes in their home countries throughout the Latin American Caribbean region. The Inter-American Development Bank (IABD) held a conference on the opportunities and challenges of this new remittance housing market. Because significant amounts of remittance are the result of tax fraud, combined with the buying power of the dollar in those developing countries, a remittance housing market exists.
Source: Inter-American Development Bank, March 2006 report, “Remittance 2005”. Mexico remains the largest recipient of remittances, at over US$20 billion, followed by Brazil and Columbia which for the first time reached over US$6 and US$4 billion respectively. Central America and the Dominican Republic combined to reach over US$11 billion; and the Andean countries totaled almost US$9 billion.
As much as 50% of remittances are unreported. As published in the Development Prospect Group Briefing #3, "This amount only reflects transfers through official channels. Econometric analysis suggests that unrecorded flows through informal channels may add 50 percent or more to recorded flows. Including these unrecorded flows, the true size of remittances, is larger than foreign direct investment flows and more than twice as large as official aid received by developing countries."
Counter Data: Based on a projected annual increase of 17% per year, this counter adjusts at that rate. Starting number is $23,900,000,000 as of 1 April 07 and update at $1,950,000,000 per month, $45,138 per minute and $752 per second. Counter start date is 1 April 07.
MONEY WIRED TO LATIN AMERICA: The Case Of The Missing Billions. People Moving North By The Millions And Money Moving South By The Billions:
Background: The term "Money Wired" represents all forms of methods used for transfer. The United States remains the largest single source of remittances in the world, Latin America is the largest recipient. As of 2003 some 6 million immigrants from Latin America were sending money back on a regular basis. Yet, as large as the reported figures are, as much as 50% of remittances are unreported because most informal transfers are neither reported nor monitored, measuring them accurately is problematic. The scale of remittance seen today is now a significant concern because these are lost funds inherently needed within the United States to support the economy, generate tax revenue and reduce domestic poverty. Remittance contributes to the net costs of illegal immigration as published on the "Costs of Social Services" counter because these funds are diverted from offsetting the increased cost of "free" social services for illegal immigrants as well as increases in border security, law enforcement, public education, maintenance of infrastructures, etc. Remittance tends to question the illegal immigrant's commitment to living in America with a "temporary job site" lifestyle because their discretionary funds are not invested in the United States for long term purposes. As published in The University Of Iowa, Center For International Finance And Development, Briefing #3, "In the United States, it is estimated that 70% of migrant workers remit funds on a regular basis."
Contrary to the popular myth that illegal immigrants are scratching out a meager living in the United States while money is sent home to their struggling families, a "Remittance Housing Market" exists where remittances are being used to buy homes in their native countries. A survey conducted by Inter-American Development Bank has identified the strong potential demand of migrant communities to purchase homes in their home countries throughout the Latin American Caribbean region. The Inter-American Development Bank (IABD) held a conference on the opportunities and challenges of this new remittance housing market. Because significant amounts of remittance are the result of tax fraud, combined with the buying power of the dollar in those developing countries, a remittance housing market exists.
NOTE: The IADB has recently pulled the links to these reports, we will try to locate these reports elsewhere.
In a 2006 IABD survey conducted with Latin American migrants, one-third of those asked said they are making investments in their native countries, mainly real estate.
There are both positive and negative aspects to remittance. Some positive aspects of remittances is that it provides a source of income for families in the developing world who might not otherwise receive assistance. Unlike official forms of aid, it's distributed directly to those who retain full discretion to decide how it will be used. Some studies show as many in certain countries as 43% of those receiveing remittances are lifted out of extreme poverty. There can also be a positive effect on their local community. "The extra income from remittance transfers may cover the basic needs and free up money which can be spent on education and health care, thereby resulting in a more productive and healthy citizenry." Authorities in many developing countries including the World Bank are now pro-actively trying to attract remittances. However, those authorities show no concern for the negative aspects felt by the United States due to remittances received through tax fraud, criminal activities, unreported informal transfer methods and a host of other problems related to remittances.
In the last two decades, remittances between the United States and Mexico have evolved from being solely the province of individuals and household toward increasing involvement of organized hometown associations (HTAs). These associations are based on the social networks that migrants from the same town or village in Mexico establish in their new U.S. communities. Members of these associations, commonly known as clubes de oriundos, seek to promote the well-being of their hometown communities of both origin (in Mexico) and residence (in the U.S.) by raising money to fund public works and social projects.
Mexican HTAs have a long history - the most prominent were established in the 1950s. As of 2003 there were more than 600 Mexican HTAs registered in 30 cities in the United States. Mexican migrants in the United States transfer substantial sums of money to Mexico through HTAs. For example, HTAs from the Federation of Michoacano Clubs in Illinois have sent more than $1,000,000 to support public works in their localities of origin. Mexican HTAs have channeled funds for the construction of public infrastructure (e.g. roads, street and building repairs, medical equipment, etc). HTAs are getting involved in U.S. politics, including supporting programs legalizing undocumented immigrants and providing them drivers licences access. At the time of this research, the total number of Latin American HTAs in the United States is being investigated by ImmigrationCounters.com.
As much as 50% of remittances are unreported. As published in the Development Prospect Group Briefing #3, "This amount only reflects transfers through official channels. Econometric analysis suggests that unrecorded flows through informal channels may add 50 percent or more to recorded flows. Including these unrecorded flows, the true size of remittances, is larger than foreign direct investment flows and more than twice as large as official aid received by developing countries."
Some of the most common methods over time have been checks, money orders, and transfers via telegraph. Other methods include electronic transfers, couriers, the postal service, self-carry, hand-carry by friends or family members, and in-kind remittances of clothes and other consumer goods. The preferred method varies by country; a description of some of these services follows. Most migrants remit more than once a year and usually on a regular schedule (ECLAC 1991). Additionally, migrants who have worked long enough in the United States to earn social security can have those funds sent abroad.
There are many negative aspects to remittance as well. Because the recipient developing countries are failing to create an environment for economic growth and stability, the potential exists for the receiving community to become dependant upon those remittances. It means that the Region is not producing enough employment to meet the needs of its population. An abrupt halt in the flow of remittances in such a case, can be devastating. Often times there are potentially deceptive practices on both ends of the remittance chain, such as unusually high fees or interest, as well as altering the rate of exchange in order to garner more profits. Increased government awareness of international terrorist financing has amplified concerns over the transparency of remittances. Informal remittance-service providers have been used to launder money, and fund terror or other criminal activities. (insert criminal estimates here)
When transfers are made using unofficial techniques, remitters can avoid or mitigate commissions and fees. Moreover, they can bypass official currency-exchange rates and governmental regulation. In certain countries, the use of unofficial modes of remittances, and their lack of transparency, allows the remitter to avoid taxes and may also be favored due to immigration concerns. Because most informal transfers are neither reported nor monitored, measuring them accurately is problematic, so projections for unofficial remittances are speculative. Nevertheless, experts place the total (i.e., formal and informal) amount of global remittances at over US$ 230 billion.
The World Bank actively supports remittance from the United States. Remittance through official channels to all developing countries exceeded $200B in 2006.
In 2004, Mexico was the largest recipient of remittances, at over US$16 billion, followed by Brazil then Colombia. But growth has been widespread throughout the Region: Central America and the Dominican Republic combined reach over US$10 billion; Andean countries totaled over US$7 billion; and for the first time the Haitian remittances topped US$1 billion. At current growth rates, the projected cumulative remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean for the decade (2001-2010) will approach US$500 billion.
Source: Inter-American Development Bank Multilateral Investment Fund
The following link is a map showing the reported amounts received by the individual Latin countries, the actual amounts may be as much as 50% greater.. http://www.iadb.org/mif/remittances/
2005 Remittances to Latin America, Caribbean To Reach $55 Billion. At this Monterrey summit, President Bush and the other leaders of the Western Hemisphere set a 2008 goal of cutting the cost of sending home a remittance by 50 percent. http://usinfo.state.gov/wh/Archive/2005/...76283.html
Press release, October 8, 2006: Migrant remittances from the United States to Latin America to reach $45 billion in 2006, says IDB: New study estimates 12.6 million immigrants are sending home more money more frequently. Latin American migrants working in the United States will send around $45 billion to their homelands this year, up from some $30 billion in 2004, according to a report released today by the Inter-American Development Bank. http://www.iadb.org/news/articledetail.c...artid=3348
Counter Data: Reported totals for 2001 was $23B, 2002 was $25B, 2003 was 30B, 2004 was $34B, 2005 was $44B, 2006 was $45B (One source placed 2006 at $65B): Based on a recent annual increase of $10B, beginning total since January 2001 is $201B @ $4,583,333 per month, $381,944,444 per day, $15,914,351 per hour, $4,420 per second. Clock start date is 1 April 2007.
COST OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: Job Security Government Employees:
Background: Total cost for social services including food stamps, AFDC, SSI, housing, Social Security, earned income tax credit, Medicaid, Medicare A & B, medical services in emergency rooms, increased local government services, and other programs. Includes costs of $4.3 billion annually due to unemployment payments made to American citizens who lost their jobs to illegal immigrants and the lost tax revenue and economic impact due to their unemployment. American citizens and legal immigrants who lost jobs to illegal immigrants is often due to unscrupulous employers hiring them at much lower rates than American citizens can sustain. The data does not include the totals for private charitable donations and services to illegal immigrants. This is likely over $1 billion and has repercussions that impact American citizens who otherwise could have benefited from those sources, requiring them to seek out government services to a greater extent.
Senator Jeff Sessions, (R-AL). From a panel discussion on immigration reform, June 2006; "And finally, the numbers put out by Robert Rector, the architect of welfare reform that has worked so well, his numbers say that the low-skill workers that are coming in, the parents that they’re able to bring in automatically – elderly parents who will draw on the healthcare system – in the second 10 years of the 20 years that he attempted to estimate, could cost the United States as much as $50 billion a year in welfare and those kind of programs."
Another significant source of dollars remitted to Latin American countries is social security payments. Mexico receives the second highest social security payments worldwide, and the Dominican Republic is fourteenth on the list. Table 2 (below) shows a sample of monthly Social Security Administration data (Deller 1997).
Social Security Administration Data for September 1997*
Mexico Dominican Republic El Salvador Guatemala Colombia
(individuals) 51,120 4,485 678 918 2,295
Payments $16.5 million $2 million $271,000 $ 409,000 $1 million
*The data reported is only for the month specified and does not include total beneficiaries or amounts received in that country.
Although there are temporary benefits to cheap labor, there are significant long term costs associated with circumventing the laws. The Bear Stearns report estimates the social cost at $30 billion per year. They estimate that about 5 million illegal workers are collecting wages on a cash basis and avoiding income taxes, costing the United States about $35 billion per year.
Source : Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), “The High Costs of Cheap Labor,“ August 2004, California alone has estimated that the net cost to the state of providing government services to illegal immigrants approached $3 billion during a single fiscal year. “The fact that states must bear the cost of federal failure turns illegal immigration, in effect, into one of the largest unfunded federal mandates." The report is provided here.
Source FAIR: “Dr. Donald Huddle, a Rice University economics professor, published a systematic analysis of those costs as of 1996. The study also estimated the tax payments of those same aliens. At that time, the illegal alien population was estimated to be about five million persons. The estimated fiscal cost of those illegal aliens to the federal, state and local governments was about $33 billion. This impact was partially offset by an estimated $12.6 billion in taxes paid to the federal, state and local governments, resulting in a net cost to the American taxpayer of about $20 billion every year. This estimate did not include indirect costs that result from unemployment payments to Americans who lost their jobs to illegal aliens willing to work for lower wages. Nor did it include lost tax collections from those American workers who became unemployed. The study estimated those indirect costs from illegal immigration at an additional $4.3 billion annually.” The report is provided here.
During the years since that estimate, the illegal alien population is estimated to have roughly doubled, so the estimated fiscal costs also will have at least doubled. Furthermore, the passage of time is accompanied by inflation in the costs of services, e.g., school budgets continue to climb.
The cost for social services does not include the costs for additional border security. In November 2005 Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff presented the Bush Administration a plan to address the nation’s immigration crisis. Known as the Secure Border Initiative (SBI), the plan is billed as a comprehensive solution that will "secure America’s borders and reduce illegal migration" within five years. The cost of SBI was projected to be $2.5 billion.
Source: Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), “The Estimated Cost of Illegal Immigration“, Current estimate for social services is $45 billion annually. The report is provided below.
Counter Data: 1996 estimate of $24.44B per year + inflation and population increase (conservative) resulting in additional $2B per year = $374.44B as of Jan 1, 2006. $374.44B = $46B per year (for 2007). $3.83B per month + Jan to Jun 06 = @ $23B = $397.44B as of June 2006. $46B per year/12 = $3.83M per month = $127,666 per day = $5.319.00 per hour = $88.65 per minute = $1.47 per second. Counter starting date is 1 June 06.
Starting number is $397.44B as of 1 June 2006 and updates at $1.47 per second.
ILLEGALS ENROLLED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS K-12: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, another big magnet:
Background: In Plyler v. Doe (1982), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all children who reside in the United States regardless of their immigration status, have the right to a free education. Public schools are not required to ask about a students legal status. Many schools have stated they also fear discrimination law suits if they did ask.
Current government information is not sufficient to directly estimate the costs of educating illegal alien schoolchildren. Although a variety of data is available, no government source estimates the numbers of illegal alien schoolchildren for most or all states. States and local governments record data on school enrollment and costs but not on their immigration status. The Department of Homeland Security developed state-by-state estimates of the illegal alien population, but the estimates do not break out age groups and are subject to methodological limitations.
Source: In GAO Report 04-733, “Estimating Costs of Illegal Alien Schoolchildren“, June 2004. The GAO mailed a survey to 22 states to gather data on the population and costs for illegal immigrant schoolchildren. Of the 22 states surveyed, only 3 provided information. Seventeen states said they did not have such information, and 2 states (Florida and Georgia) did not respond. Of the 17 states that said they did not have information on the population or costs of schooling illegal alien children, 6 indicated that it would be illegal to ask about children’s immigration status. A link to the report is provided:
Source: According to an Urban Institute report, “Children Of Immigrants: Facts and Figures,” May 2006. “Four-fifths of children of immigrants were born in the United States and are therefore citizens, while the remaining are foreign born. ImmigrationCounters.com asserts that this method tries to establish that the four-fifths born in the United States are not "technically” illegal immigrant schoolchildren and this results in artificially lower totals. There are an estimated 5 million children living with undocumented parents. ImmigrationCounters.com sides with this figure and asserts that the schoolchildren of undocumented parents are themselves illegal immigrant schoolchildren, through no fault of their own, many were born in the United States from illegal parents.
Because the bad faith intent and actions of their parents were from the outset to circumvent the immigration laws that resulted in their children enrolling in the public schools, these totals should be counted as illegally and fraudulently entering the school systems. This is not to demean or discriminate against the innocent children, only to more accurately identify the scale of the problem. It has also been a common practice to artificially lower these numbers when children born in the United States (anchor babies) are not counted as illegal. These totals are higher than most sources used for K-12 but more accurately reflect the actual numbers in K-12 resulting from illegal immigration. The reports are provided here.
Source: The Urban Institute, “Facts and Figures“, May 16, 2006. “Mostly left out of this debate are the more than 5 million children living in unauthorized families, who, like their parents, would be greatly affected by the outcome of this debate.”
2004 Government survey finds that 7.1 million Spanish speaking children had difficulty learning English. http://www.childstats.gov/americaschildren/tables.asp
Note: Some sources place the children of illegal immigrant population at 11M.
Source FAIR: Education Secretary Richard Riley in a April 2000 speech noted that “between 70 and 75 percent of the 3 million students with limited English skills speak Spanish, according to the education department.” This would place the Hispanic immigrant schoolchildren population at 2.1M. Limited English skills would indicate being new to the country.
The question to this point remains, of the 5M illegal immigrant children how many are K-12 age? 3.5M is the figure detailed in this report by FAIR.
A conservative annual increase in enrollment is 10% per year.
Counter Data: Starting number is 3,500,000 Jan 2006 + 350,000 per year = 29,166 per month + Jan to June 06 = 175,000 = starting total of 3,675,000 as of 1 June 06. 3,675,000 = 972.2 per day = 40.5 per hour = .675 per minute = .011 per second. Counter starting date is 1 June 06.
COST OF ILLEGALS ENROLLED IN K-12: Press # 2 For Spanish: (Numbers revised 4-28-2010)
Background: The simplest approach to estimating the costs of educating illegal alien schoolchildren is to multiply average current per pupil expenditures by the estimated number of illegal alien schoolchildren.
Source: In 2004, the Federation for American Immigration Reform determined: "The total K-12 school expenditure for illegal immigrants cost states nearly $12 billion annually, and when the children born here to illegal aliens are added, the costs more than double to $28.6 billion. In 2002, about $1.4 billion of the cost for their education was paid with federal funds, leaving the states to pay somewhere in the area of $27.2 billion annually. Frighteningly, this amount doesn't include "ancillary expenses" such as special programs for non-English speaking students, representing an "additional expense of $290 to $879 per pupil depending on the size of the class," or the supplemental feeding programs instituted because over 74 percent of illegal Mexican immigrants and their children are living in or near poverty.” The report is provided here.
Average annual cost per-pupil for public education K-12 is $8,745. The cost of educating the children of illegal aliens is estimated to be $36 billion annual. Illegal aliens impose an additional cost amounting to $900 per American child. Immigration (legal and illegal) is responsible for virtually all the recent growth in school-age population.
Data history begins 1996 at $5.85B, 1 June 2006 starting number is $13,658,218,750, $36B per year, $3B per month, $100M per day, $4.16M per day, $69,444.00 per minute and $1,157.00 per second.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS INCARCERATED: Doing The Jobs Most Americans Won’t Do:
Background: This number includes the totals for federal and state prisons’ and local jails . It only includes data from the five largest states and five largest local jails because there was no reliable data from all states and all local jails. However, those five states represent about 80 percent of the incarcerated criminal alien population. The Center For Immigration Studies reports that the criminal alien population represents about 30 percent of the total prison population. The fact that this number is significantly large demonstrates the core motives for coming to America and the possibility of assimilation are in doubt.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that immigrants (legal and illegal) comprise 20 percent of inmates in prisons and jails. The foreign-born are 15.4 percent of the nation’s adult population. However, DHS has not provided a detailed explanation of how the estimates were generated. According to the Bureau of Prisons, as of July 25, 2009, 26.4 percent of the federal prison population was comprised of inmates who are not U.S. citizens.
ICE estimates between 300,000 to 450,000 in prisons and jails are foreign born.
Source: GAO Report 05-337R: “At the federal level the number of criminal aliens incarcerated increased from about 42,000 at the end of calendar year 2001 to about 49,000 at the end of calendar year 2004--a 15 percent increase. At the state level, the 50 states received reimbursements for incarcerating about 77,000 criminal aliens in fiscal year 2002. At the local level, in fiscal year 2003, SCAAP reimbursed about 700 local governments for incarcerating about 147,000 criminal aliens.” The report is provided here.
Source: The following GAO report is a focused case study of 55,322 criminal aliens incarcerated in federal prisons. This report gives a snap shot of the criminal history of these illegal immigrants.
GAO Report 05-646R. “Information on Certain Illegal Aliens Arrested in the United States“, May 9, 2005. “We identified a study population of 55,322 aliens that ICE in the Department of Homeland Security determined, based on information in its immigration databases, had entered the country illegally and were still illegally in the country at the time of their incarceration in federal prison during fiscal year 2003. They were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien.
They were arrested for a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses, averaging about 13 offenses per illegal alien. The report is provided here.
Source: GAO Report 05-377R, The majority of criminal aliens incarcerated were identified as citizens of Mexico. A source of federal prison data is provided here.
Roughly 630,000 foreign-born nationals incarcerated in prisons and jails annually: http://www.dhs.gov/xnews/releases/press_..._0890.shtm
FY 2007 foreign-born incarcerated estimated to be 605,000: http://michellemalkin.com/2007/05/01/may...ders-math/
Counter Data: Combining the federal, state and local populations: Starting numbers is 309,375 and update at .0009 per second. Counter starting date is 1 June 06.
COST FOR INCARCERATIONS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: Importing Criminals.
Background: This number includes the costs for federal, state and local prisons to incarcerate criminal aliens. It only includes data from the five largest states and five largest local jails because there was no reliable incarceration data from all states and all local jails. However, those five states represent about 80 percent of the criminal alien population. The national average to incarcerate one inmate is $69.00 per day.
The number does not include the cost for public safety expenditures, detention pending trial, trial proceedings, language interpretations, and public defenders.
Source: GAO Report 05-337R, March 2005. At the federal level the number of illegal immigrant inmates increased during 2001 to 2004 to about 49,000, an increase of about 15 percent. At the state level the figure was about 74,000 in fiscal year 2003. At the local level about 147,000 criminal aliens during fiscal year 2003. The report is provided here. http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d05337r.pdf
Counter Data: Starting numbers is $10,467,666,736 = $28,678,539 per day = $1,194,939 per hour = $19,915 per minute = $331.00 per second. Counter starting date is 25 Feburary 2008.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT FUGITIVES: Who Are They, Where Are They?
Background: This figure includes foreign born criminal fugitives and immigration fugitives who failed to show for immigration court due to their temporary visa overstays and failed to comply with orders to depart the country.
Source: Department of Homeland Security, Press Release, April 28, 2006; “The exclusive mission of the initiative is to reduce the number of fugitive aliens in the U.S., which is currently estimated at more than 597,000. These fugitives, or absconders, are foreign nationals who have been ordered removed by a federal immigration judge, but failed to comply with those orders and depart from the United States.” The reports are provided here.
Source: Department of Homeland Security: “President Discusses Border Security and Immigration Reform in Arizona“, November 28, 2005. Our border agents have used that funding to apprehend and send home more than 4.5 million people coming into our country illegally, including more than 350,000 with criminal records.
Source: Department of Homeland Security, Fact Sheet, Secure Border Initiative, Nov 2, 2005. “Currently, there are more than 450,000 absconders, and that number is growing at a rate of 40,000 per year.”
Source: Rocky Mountain News: “Fugitives“, June 11, 2006; “The first time the government estimated the number of fugitives was in 2002 it was 355,000. Each year an estimated 40,000 are added to the list that has reached 597,000. The current number of fugitives who are criminals was not available, 80,000 were criminals in 2004.”
Source: Rocky Mountain News: “Felons Slip Through Net While Agents Deport Immigrants With No Criminal Records,” June 11, 2006. “Nationally ICE admits it checks the legal status of only about 60 percent if immigrants who commit crimes serious enough to land them in prison. It recently set a goal of reaching 90 percent by 2009.”
Source: U.S. Can’t Account for 600,000 Fugitives: March 26, 2007 - Teams assigned to make sure foreigners ordered out of the United States actually leave have a backlog of more than 600,000 cases and can’t accurately account for the fugitives’ whereabouts, the government reported Monday. The report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the effectiveness of teams assigned to find the fugitives was hampered by “insufficient detention capacity, limitations of an immigration database and inadequate working space.” Even though more than $204 million was allocated for 52 fugitive operations teams since 2003, a backlog of 623,292 cases existed as of August of 2006, the report said.
Counter Data: 597,000 + 40,000 per year = 3,333 per month. Jan to Jun = 20,000. 597,000 + 20,000 + 617,000. 3,333 per month, 111 per day, = 4.62 per hour = .077 per minute = .001 per second. Counter starting date is 1 June 06.
ANCHOR BABIES: The forgotten giant in the debate. (Adjusted 4-28-2010)
Background: The original intent of the 14th Amendment and what it has come to be used for today are two very different matters. Post-Civil War reforms focused on injustices to African Americans. The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 to protect the rights of native-born Black Americans, whose rights were being denied as recently-freed slaves. It was written in a manner so as to prevent state governments from ever denying citizenship to blacks born in the United States. http://www.cairco.org/issues/anchor_babies.html In 1866, Senator Jacob Howard spelled out the intent of the 14th Amendment by writing:
"Every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country."
The phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" was intended to exclude American-born persons from automatic citizenship whose allegiance to the United States was not complete. With illegal aliens who are unlawfully in the United States, their native country has a claim of allegiance on the child. Thus, the completeness of their allegiance to the United States is impaired, which therefore precludes automatic citizenship. It is clear the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment had no intention of freely giving away American citizenship to just anyone simply because they may have been born on American soil, something our courts have wrongfully assumed.
Source: Immigration expanded rapidly after 1965, in part because Congress shifted the legal preference system to family relations and away from employment needs and immigrant ability. http://judiciary.house.gov/legacy/106-edwa.htm
A Supreme Court ruling in Afroyim v. Rusk, 387 U.S. 253 (1967), where the court completely discarded the fourteenth's Citizenship Clause scope and intent by replacing it with their own invented Citizenship Clause. The court in effect, ruled that fourteenth amendment had elevated citizenship to a new constitutionally protected right, and thus, prevents the cancellation of a persons citizenship unless they assent.
Source: Much of the public does not realize that Feb 2005, HR 698 was introduced to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to deny citizenship at birth to children born in the United States of parents who are not citizens or permanent resident aliens. http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?...L&summ2=m&
The bill has not received enough support from the House and Senate to take it to vote. In fact the 109th Congress has introduced numerous immigration related bills yet has accomplish little. http://www.numbersusa.com/interests/legi...ed109.html
Source: FAIR places the annual birth of illegal immigrant babies between 287,000 and 363,000. http://www.fairus.org/site/PageServer?pa...enters4608
Source: CIS places the 2002 estimate at 380,000. http://www.cis.org/articles/2005/back1105.html
Source: Dr. Madeleine Pelner Cosman, as quoted in VDARE places the total as high as 500,000 per year. http://www.vdare.com/guzzardi/050325_birthright.htm
Source: Accuracy In Media, Costs for Mexican anchor babies 6 billion dollars per year. http://www.aim.org/special_report/5511_0_8_0_C/
ImmigrationCounters.com will take the high and low estimates and average the annual increase at 393,500 per year. The earliest data available is 2002 resulting in conservative starting totals for this counter and factors a 10% annual increase.
Counter Data: 2002 to Jan 1, 2006 = 1,574,000; 1 Jan 2006 to 1 October 2006 = 393,500 at 32,791 per month, .012 per second; Counter starting total is 1,869,630;
Counter starting date is 1 October 2006.
SKILLED JOBS TAKEN BY ILLEGALS: Every Job Is A Skilled Job:
After researching this statistic some myth busting is due. Unfortunately these myths sometimes shape the thinking of policy makers, activists and much of the public. The four myths are;
1. "Illegal immigrants are needed to do the jobs Americans (natives) won't do, we need more unskilled workers."
2. "America needs to relieve the poverty of neighboring countries by providing jobs for them because so many are un-employed in their native countries."
3. "There aren't enough Americans or legal immigrants to fill those kinds of jobs."
4. "The lower the formal education level the lower the skill level, Americans are too educated for those kinds of jobs."
To lay the foundation, a renewed appreciation for two important facts is due; That native born citizens and legal immigrants must have the first priority for filling jobs. Second, in every form of employment every job is a skilled job, it does not take illegal immigrants to fill them. As of March 2005 between the ages of 18-65 there was 4M unemployed native born U.S. citizens with High School or less searching for work, 65M native born Americans who have no more than a high school education and 19M unemployed not in the labor market nor looking for work. These resources can to a significant degree fill those jobs if they weren't being undercut by illegal workers and unscrupulous employers. To fill those same jobs with legal employees the employers would in many cases need to increase the their wages but not to the degree that some employers claim would hurt their business, most certainly if their competitors were also doing legal hiring. There is also little evidence that the saving from depressed wages are passed on to the consumers, the business are pocketing the gains. The self-serving business lobby has unfortunately reached many policy makers.
The myth that jobs taken by illegal immigrants are too demeaning for anyone else to fill is also false. With the American work ethic that built the country, every job has high importance to the employee, the employer, the Nation and is as important as the any of the 473 occupations the Bureau of Labor Statistics tracks. Every job and the ability to perform it brings skills, importance, and dignity. Except in a few cases there's no data to support that the jobs illegal workers are filling are so menial that citizens and legal immigrants won't do them, so long as they're paid legal market wages. Any Nation or individual that thinks itself too advanced to value the dignity and importance of an honest days work is deceiving itself, has abandoned its work ethic and is forgetting its own humble beginnings.
Source: CIS, "As Immigration Grows, Working-Age Natives Leave Labor Market." March, 2006. Within the primary working ages of 18-64, America has 65M native born Americans who have no more than a high school education in the United States as of 2005. 4M of that group are unemployed but seeking and 19M are not in the labor market or looking for work. The data shows a significant pool of workers available to fill these jobs.
The research goes on to state..."Another reason why immigrants might crowd out natives is that they may possess more efficient networks of hiring and employment. In the old days, an employer may have put the ad in the newspaper and put up a poster at the local supermarket indicating that, hey, he’s got another job or two, but once maybe he hires a foreign-born foreman, that foreman kind of takes over that function. He just tells everyone – the employer tells him and then that foreign-born foreman just tells everyone in his apartment building. The foreman just tells his brother-in-law and his cousin about the new jobs. And in that situation, the natives kind of get shut out because they’re still looking in the newspaper, which the immigrants are too, and they’re looking in the Penny Saver and the posters in the supermarket, but in that situation you would have – the immigrants would have a leg up through a kind of well developed network."
The idea that there are jobs that American won't do is false. Looking at the five occupations with the highest numbers of illegal immigrants, there is 22M native-born Americans in those same occupations.The graphs are provided here;
Source: Numbers USA. This table shows significant percentages of skilled jobs filled by Americans that are being taken by illegal immigrants. http://www.numbersusa.com/PDFs/Share%20o...202003.pdf
Source: The Boston Globe, "Two Kinds of Immigration." Between 2000 and 2005 the total number of employed workers 16 and older increased by 4.8M. Over the same period, the number of new immigrants entering the nation and finding work was estimated to be 4.13M. This means that new immigrants accounted for 86% of the total gain. Analysis suggests that close to two-thirds of these new immigrants were illegal. http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editori...migration/
Source: "Latino Labor Report, First Quarter, 2004." The Pew Hispanic Center. "Between the first quarter of 2003 and the first quarter of 2004 the economy added a net total of 1.3M new jobs. Non-citizens captured 378,496 or 28.5% of those jobs. Employment for non-citizens grew twice as quickly as their population growth nationwide, non-citizens are benefiting disproportionately from the turnaround in the labor market. Employment gains for the most recently arrived immigrants exceeded even the total increase of 704,779 for all Hispanic workers combined, which suggests that there were job losses among native-born Hispanics. Thus, one cannot rule out the possibility that recently arrived immigrants are competing directly with, and displacing, other immigrant and native-born Hispanic workers." http://www.numbersusa.com/interests/PewL...bor604.pdf
Source: CIS, "Immigrant Job Gains and Native Job Losses 2004-2005." "Between March 2000 and March 2004 the number of unemployed adult natives increased by 2.3M, but at the same time the number of employed immigrants increased by 2.3M."http://www.cis.org/articles/2005/sactestimony050405.htm "Business will continue to say that, "immigrants only take jobs Americans don't want." But what they really mean is that given what they would like to pay, and how they would like to treat their workers, they cannot find enough Americans."
Source: The Hutchinson Report, "Is Illegal Immigration Impacting Black Joblessness?" Illegal immigrants take jobs from black Americans. http://www.blackamericaweb.com/site.aspx...chinson602
Source: PEW Hispanic Center, "The Labor Force Status of Short-Term Unauthorized Workers." "The (2005) estimates show that there are a total of 7.2M unauthorized workers in the U.S. and more than 2.5M of them, or 35%, arrived between 2000 and 2005. Unauthorized workers as a whole make up nearly 5% of the U.S. labor force. http://pewhispanic.org/files/factsheets/16.pdf
At the core of the problem are those who hire illegals. Fewer workers are being reported on payrolls, thus employers don't need to account for benefits or taxes. One business owner states, "Do you know how much I'd have to charge on bids if my guys were on an official payroll?" However, if every business hired legally it would place the competition on level terms. Business that increase their profits from hiring off-the-books rarely pass the savings on to consumers and simply pocket the profits.
From 2000 to 2005, 50% of new immigrants to the United States were illegal. The inflow if illegal workers is contributing to the "fundamental breakdown in the nation's labor laws and labor standards."
Source: Think & Ask, Non-Profit News. "Immigration Workforce Displaces Younger Workers." September 2006. http://www.thinkandask.com/2006/092206-worker.html
"Undocumented immigrants are gaining a larger share of the job market, and hold approximately 12 to 15 million jobs in the United States (8% of the employed)"
Source: Bear Stearns. "The Underground Labor Force Is Rising To The Surface," January, 2005. http://www.bearstearns.com/bscportal/pdf...ground.pdf
Only 5% of illegal aliens from Mexico were unemployed before they came to the United States.
Source: Numbers USA. http://www.numbersusa.com/hottopic/2454talkingpts.html
This video demonstrates the impossibility of America trying to fix the poverty of other countries. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=...1393887069
Mexico's economy is ranked 10-14th in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_Mexico
Mexico's economy is ranked 3rd in North America, ahead of 20 other countries in the northern continent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nor...by_GDP_PPP
Mexico is ranked above 129 other countries in Gross Domestic Product. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cou...per_capita
Source: CIS, "As Immigration Grows, Working-A