Washington Taxpayers Foot $2.7 Billion Annual Bill for Illegal Immigration

The rise in unaccompanied minors caught at the border is being driven by the Obama administration’s “all-clear” to people currently debating sending their children to the U.S.  FAIR also released a report yesterday detailing the costs of illegal immigration to Washington state residents.

Increase in Unaccompanied Minor Children Caught At U.S. Border

“The number of unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. detention centers grew nearly 50%, from 6,854 in fiscal 2011 to more than 10,000 in the nine-month period ended June 30, according to federal statistics cited in the report, titled “Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America.” With three months left in the latest reporting period, the fiscal 2012 figures are expected to rise further,” the LA Times writes.

“‘The Obama administration has made it very clear — if you get your kids to the U.S. and keep them here for a while, they can stay,’ said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the group. ‘That’s the unmistakable message he’s sent around the world. Not surprisingly, you have parents who say, ‘Let’s do that.'” Other countries are responsible for ensuring the safety of their own citizens, Mehlman added. Asylum should be reserved for a select few cases, or ‘the potential is you could have billions of people qualifying for political asylum in the U.S.'”

Washington Taxpayers Foot $2.7 Billion Annual Bill for Illegal Immigration

“A new study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates that illegal immigration costs taxpayers in Washington State about $2.7 billion annually. The average Washington household headed by a U.S. citizen bears an annual burden of about $970 to cover the costs associated with illegal aliens in the state,” notes a release by FAIR about its latest cost report.

WSJ Commentator Sees the Affirmative Action – Immigration Collision

“Affirmative action is in the news again. The Supreme Court is mulling a case involving racial preferences at the University of Texas, and this weekend’s Saturday essay in the Wall Street Journal looked at ‘The Unraveling of Affirmative Action,'” says Daniel Akst in the Wall Street Journal.

“One dimension of this debate that is sometimes overlooked involves the ways immigration and affirmative action interact. The late historian and political scientist Hugh Davis Graham tackled this subject head on in an enlightening and prescient little book entitled ‘Collision Course: The Strange Convergence of Affirmative Action and Immigration Policy in America’ (Oxford, 2003), which is briefly reviewed here.”

About Author


Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    Let rename from United States of America to United States of Mexico. Let face it, neither US Congress nor President will not enforce RULE OF LAW. Until People starts understanding illegal people will continue do major protesting around United States DEMANDING AMNESTY.

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    It is shameful when we have Legal American citizens and Legal immigrants, losing jobs, homes, can’t afford the high rise in food, gas, utilities and more. Charity begins at home, this administration cares more about illegals then they do about legal voters who elected them to represent us and follow the Constitution Laws. They were elected to make our country successful and the have about destroyed it. Election time soon, time for a change alright, we the people (legals) need to oust those responsible, Obama, Biden and this administration. Research if you haven’t already then vote for the ones you hopefully feel they will keep their word and do what they promised. Obama did he promised change, yup and I don’t like his changes. I don’t like our tax dollars spent on anyone whose conduct is classed as illegal, deport them, put our people back to work, stop the waste in government, no more raises for the elected until our debts are paid.

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        it,s time we close our borders,when i was in turkey and wanted to go to syria on my midddle east
        vacation i had to go thru 4 sreening when entering an other country, even had to take my shoes off
        We need to enforce our border laws or get a new president this comming election.