A new Zogby International poll shows that Florida voters think that illegal immigration is hurting the Sunshine State by an overwhelming margin. A new FAIR study confirms the poll, finding that illegal immigration costs Florida taxpayers $3.8 billion annually, which is double from 2005.
The Zogby poll found that 71.3 percent of Florida voters believe that immigration has a negative impact on the state and 83.5 percent believe that illegal immigration has a negative impact on the state budget.
The FAIR study found that:
- $3.4 billion a year to educate illegal immigrant children and the U.S. born children of illegal immigrants.
- $290 million a year on unreimbursed health care for illegal aliens.
- $90 million a year to incarcerate criminal illegal aliens.
- The total represents an annual cost to each of Florida's native-born headed households of $678.
See the full FAIR study.
Updated: Thu, May 14th 2009 @ 10:46am EDT