New FAIR Report: Illegal Immigration Costs Ohioans $880M

FAIR has released a new fiscal cost analysis for Ohio. We estimate that illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children are costing the state’s taxpayers about $880 million per year. This growing tax burden is needless because both state and local governments have the ability to discourage the settlement of illegal aliens in their communities.

While some Ohio policymakers facilitate law enforcement agencies in cooperating with federal immigration authorities in the identification of illegal aliens wanted for deportation, others impede it. The adoption of the 287(g) program in Butler County – which has trained local law enforcement officers in immigration law enforcement and deputized them – is an example of the former. On the other hand, an example of non-cooperation may be seen in the sanctuary policies which prohibit law enforcement agencies from inquiring about immigration status in localities such as Oberlin, Dayton and Painesville. These measures extend an invitation to illegal aliens to come and settle in those cities.

Ohio’s elected representatives at both the local and national level owe it to the state’s citizens and legal residents to uphold the principle that the United States is founded on respect for the rule of law, and to act in ways that demonstrate that those who disrespect our immigration law will not be tolerated.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Hey Red Wolf, how did you get here? Just sprout up out of the ground? My family immigrated thru Ellis Island and I was born here the same as you (probably) and I have worked 50 years to pay taxes. What is your work record?? Just curious.

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    Im a Hispanic/American and there are many more like me, that are generations upon generations true Americans. We do not I repeat do not want these immigrants here and they know how we fill about them, because we know how they fill about us. We want jobs, we have birth certificate as well as Social Security cards but no jobs, because we dont speak spanish. You want are Vote, hey were legal show us by demanding E-Verify in the work place and let us know you are doing this not only for us but for all Americans.

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    Well 60% or more are Mexicans. Yes there are illegal aliens from other places, but based on very well informed investigators it is the southern border that is the most violated, and the Mexicans are the main criminals involved. They need to all be deported.

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    Everybody in USA is a illegal immigrant. The Indians did not invite nobody over here. Every white, black, asian, hispanic needs to be deported.

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      Hey Red Wolf had the white-man not came here your people would have been extinct like their brothers in the pueblo cliff dwellers. Without the aid of education where would you get anything to evolve.

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    California paid over 21 billion, eight billion more than their deficit. There IS a difference… about ten years, probably.

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      Um, what good would it do to send the bill for an illegal immigrant to Mexico if say, that illegal immigrant is from South Africa, El Salvador, Costa Rica or Canada? Or are you so uneducated and ignorant that you think everyone that is Hispanic is Mexican? I guess since I was born in the USA I must be British

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        Illegals by Race or Country

        Mexico continued to be the leading source country of unauthorized
        immigration to the United States (see Table 3).

        There were 6.6 million
        unauthorized immigrants from Mexico in 2010, representing 62 percent
        of the unauthorized population.

        The next leading source countries
        for unauthorized immigrants in 2010 were El Salvador
        (620,000), Guatemala (520,000), Honduras (330,000), and the
        Philippines (280,000).

        The ten leading
        countries of origin represented 86 percent
        of the unauthorized immigrant
        population in 2010.

        The number of Mexican-born unauthorized
        immigrants increased by 2.3
        million between 2000 and 2007 and
        decreased by 340,000 between 2007
        and 2010.

        Changes in the unauthorized
        population were much smaller
        during either period for other leading
        source countries.