On Thursday evening, a San Francisco jury found an illegal immigrant who was previously deported several times not guilty for the murder of American citizen Kate Steinle.
Since the decision was announced, a national conversation over the cost of illegal immigration has been reignited and many stories have since emerged.
Daily Mail reports a man who was deported 20 times was just convicted of ten counts of sexual assault. He is being described as the “boogeyman of the face of immigration.”
Just last week, two U.S. Border Patrol agents were ambushed by illegal immigrants. Agent Rogelio Martinez was killed during the incident.
Fox News reports another incident where an illegal immigrant killed an American citizen on Thanksgiving of this year when he was drunk driving.
Similar stories have been widely reported and although they are not representative of illegal immigration in general, they do reflect a serious problem.
Washington Examiner reports illegal immigration is costing the United States – and taxpayers – just under $90 billion:
Illegal immigration costs taxpayers in all 50 states a total of $89 billion, and California, where an illegal on Thursday was cleared of murdering Kate Steinle despite admitting to the shooting, pays the most at $23 billion, according to a new map of the costs.
The website HowMuch.net, working with figures from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, found that Californians pay more than twice as much for illegal immigrants than the next closest state, Texas, where the price tag is $11 billion.
Those figures reflect how much money the states are paying.
When the costs for the federal government are added, the costs exceed $135 billion:
The costs cover added expenditures for education, welfare, law enforcement, and medical care.
When federal costs are included, the price tag nationally soars to $135 billion a year.
The report mentions the costs are considerably lower when the data reflects the taxes paid by those in the country illegally.
Here are the top ten states affected by the costs of illegal immigration:
Overall, costs associated with illegal immigrants is much higher for state and local governments than the federal government. States pay $89 billion, Uncle Sam $46 billion.
The states paying the most to care for illegals:
1. California – $23,038,125,353
2. Texas – $10,994,614,550
3. New York – $7,489,141,357
4. Florida – $6,290,429,108
5. New Jersey – $4,466,838,574
6. Illinois – $3,220,767,517
7. Georgia – $2,487,719,503
8. North Carolina – $2,437,965,113
9. Maryland – $2,378,996,947
10. Arizona – $2,314,131,964
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.