Study: Amnesty Six to 11 Times More Costly Than Deportation

The left continues to claim that deporting illegal aliens will cost more than allowing them to stay. Not so according to a new report.

The Center for Immigration Studies found that amnesty for all illegal aliens would cost taxpayers six to 11 times more than deporting them due to a lack of education and skill-sets, and the burden that puts on welfare and other government programs.

“Letting in less skilled people into a developed society creates costs for taxpayers, there's just no way to avoid that,” says Mark Krikorian, executive director of CIS.

The fiscal cost created by illegal aliens of $746.3 billion compares to total a cost of deportation of $124.1 billion, assuming a FY 2016 cost per deportation, or $67.6 billion using FY 2012 deportation costs.

Krikorian says the problem is that illegal aliens don't collect as many government benefits as legal citizens. “So it includes education for their kids and things that aren't welfare, it's not just welfare,” he says.

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