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Cost of Illegal Immigration in Maine

By    |   Monday, 19 Oct 2015 07:47 PM

As domestic security has tightened and the economy has weakened, Americans have focused on solving the issue of illegal immigration and recovering the costs associated with it. Unfortunately, Maine suffered sustained negative impact from the cost of illegal immigration in recent years due to an unchanged undocumented population.

Fewer than 5,000 illegal immigrants were estimated to have lived in Maine in 2012, according to data from the Pew Research Center. They made up 0.2 percent of the state's population.

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While it was hard to gauge how large the pool of illegal immigrants may have been in Maine, the uncertainty hasn't stopped one group from estimating the fiscal impact they had on the state of Maine.

The annual costs to Maine’s taxpayers were estimated at $41 million, according to data from the Federation for American Immigration Reform. This deficit was calculated before state revenue from illegal immigrants, totaling $1 million, was counted.

FAIR reported the following costs associated with illegal immigration in Maine, broken down as such:
  • $22 million went to education
  • $3 million to healthcare
  • $3 million to justice and law enforcement
  • $4.5 million to public assistance
  • $8 million to general government services

Nationally, according to the Pew Research Center, the undocumented immigrant population had "leveled off" after dipping some during the Great Recession.

In 2012, "an estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S., down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007 but unchanged since 2009," Pew noted.

In Maine, Pew reported that population trends there indicated no significant data points that revealed the number of unauthorized immigrants.

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