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Cost of Illegal Immigration in Vermont

By    |   Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 03:06 AM

Illegal immigration makes up a small portion of the Vermont population. Tax revenues come from working illegal aliens, but the amount doesn’t meet the cost to the state’s taxpayers for the services many illegals use.

Unauthorized immigrants made up less than 0.5 percent of the state’s population, or fewer than 10,000 people, in 2010, according to the Pew Research Center. Illegal immigrants also accounted for less than 0.5 percent of Vermont’s workforce. Immigrants made up 4.1 percent of the state’s workforce in 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Unauthorized immigrants paid $2.8 million in state and local taxes in 2010, the American Immigration Council reported, citing the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy. This included $2.1 million in sales taxes, $268,000 in state income taxes, and $458,000 in property taxes.

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However, the cost to Vermont taxpayers was about $38 million a year for government, health care, legal services, and other operating costs, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which estimated the illegal immigrant population to be about 5,000 in 2010.

Costs included $22.1 million a year for education provided to the children of illegal immigrants, $2.9 million a year for unreimbursed health care services, $3.8 million annually for social welfare programs, and $2 million a year for law enforcement activities needed to deal with illegal immigration. Additional operating costs amounted to $6.8 million a year.

Illegal immigrants play a role in the state’s economy. For example, the Perryman Group reported that Vermont would lose nearly $250 million in economic activity if unauthorized immigrants were not part of the state.

About 2,000 Hispanic migrant farm workers produced more than half of the milk in the state, according to a Vermont Farm Bureau survey. Foreign students in Vermont contributed more than $40 million to the state’s economy through tuition, fees and living expenses during the 2011-2012 academic year, the Association of International Educators reported.

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