A new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that illegal immigration costs the average Virginia household $625 per year. Virginia's illegal alien population is estimated to be 295,000, up by 300% since 2000.
The study found that Virginia's foreign-born population has grown by 46.5 percent since 2000 while its native-born population has grown by only 6.5 percent. Public school enrollment needing assistance in English has increased by 175% in the last decade. These numbers all contribute to the cost estimates.
The study found that Virginia's illegal alien population cost about $1.7 billion per year for education, medical care and incarceration. Factoring in potential revenue streams from illegal aliens still results in a net outlay of $1.5 billion for the state.
More information on the costs of illegal immigration to the U.S. taxpayer can be found by visiting our Taxpayer Burden page. You can view FAIR's full study on illegal immigration's fiscal impacts on Virginia at their website.
Originally Published: Tue, Jun 30th 2009 @ 1:34pm EDT