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Cost of Illegal Immigration in Colorado

By    |   Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 04:32 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. Fortunately, Colorado has suffered decreased negative impact from the cost of illegal immigration in recent years due to a falling undocumented population.

An estimated 180,000 illegal immigrants lived in Colorado in 2012, according to data from the Pew Research Center. They made up 3.5 percent of the state's population.

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Colorado’s annual costs to taxpayers were estimated at $1.4 billion, according to data from the Federation for American Immigration Reform. This deficit was calculated after state revenue from illegal immigrants totaling $62 million was deducted.

FAIR reported the following costs associated with illegal immigration in Colorado, broken down as such:
  • $967 million went to education
  • $252 million to healthcare
  • $147 million to justice and law enforcement
  • $30.4 million to public assistance
  • $54.4 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 Colorado, those figures reflected that reality as population trends there indicate a decrease in unauthorized immigrants, to 180,000 in 2012 from 210,000 in 2009.

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