Immigration through Texas has always been at a high number because the border of Mexico is touching Texas. However, the rate of illegal immigrants has increased drastically over the past couple of years. Studies performed by the Federation for American Reform (FAIR), shows that between 2010 and 2013 the number of illegal immigrants has increased by 70,000. With illegal immigrants, increasing at this rate, the taxpaying citizens, are taking a major hit.
Illegal Immigration doesn’t seem like it would cause a major issue because they do make up 8.9 percent of the state’s labor force, based on the studies of the Pew Research Center. Illegal immigrants do help the development of Texas and other states, but is beginning to cause a noticeable problem for the taxpaying citizens. To give you more insight, I have generated some key issues the citizens are experiencing because of illegal immigration.
- Taxpayers of Texas are spending 1.9 Billion a year for Medicaid and other health care options.
- An estimated amount of 1.1 billion was spent on law enforcement for illegal immigration
- Other government services cost about 577 million a year for taxpaying citizens in Texas
- Illegal immigrants only paid about 1.6 billion in state and local taxes in 2010
- Unauthorized Immigrants use about 69 billion dollars in economic activity
If you were a taxpaying citizen of Texas, and saw these numbers would they affect they way you feel about illegal immigrants? Of course, it would but you have to put into consideration that people come to this country illegally and legally because America is the land of opportunity and creates jobs that would support not only themselves but their families. However, that doesn’t mean the citizens of Texas, should suffer the consequences of paying more in Taxes.
The government should work on a solution to fix this issue in Texas, before it affects the rest of the country. Now, these numbers highlight some of the major issues that have been occurring in Texas, because of illegal immigration but is not depict the whole picture. If you are interested in learning more about this specific issue you could read more here.