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Cost of Illegal Immigration in Rhode Island

By    |   Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 12:07 PM

Rhode Island taxpayers bear a cost estimated at more than $278 million annually due to illegal immigration. The cost burden of illegal immigration left Rhode Island, the nation's smallest state, not quite the smallest among the nation's states.

Slate reported the Pew Hispanic Center estimated illegal immigrants in 2010
made up about 30,000 — or 3 percent — of Rhode Island’s population.

The Federation for American Immigration Reform provided a slightly higher figure, which estimated Rhode Island in 2010 was home to an estimated 35,000 unlawful immigrants.

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FAIR estimated annual fiscal costs borne by Rhode Island’s taxpayers due to illegal immigration at $278,159,085, which was the 37th-highest such total among U.S. states.

Government entities provide four types of benefits relevant to determining fiscal costs of immigration, according to The Heritage Foundation:
  • Public education, which is largely free or heavily subsidized for parents with low incomes
  • Welfare programs, which provide food, housing, cash, medical, and other services to about 100 million low-income U.S. residents
  • Direct benefits such as workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, Medicare, and Social Security
  • Population-based services such as parks, highways, and police and fire protection, which must be expanded when a community’s population increases
The average U.S. household in 2010 received $31,584 in government benefits and services in these four categories, according to The Heritage Foundation.

To illustrate how costly illegal immigration proved, it claimed U.S. households headed by a person with a college education on average in 2010 received $24,839 in government benefits and paid $54,089 in taxes — amounting to a fiscal surplus of $29,250.

At the same time, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services and paid $10,334 in taxes, bringing a fiscal deficit of $14,387.

FAIR claimed Rhode Island’s annual illegal immigration expenses include about:
  • $186.07 million for education
  • $49.96 million for social assistance
  • $21.8 million for justice-related costs
  • $20.25 million for other expenses
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