Virginia Studies Expose High Cost of Illegal Immigration and Widespread Voter Dissatisfaction
Cost Study and Zogby Poll Offer Comprehensive Statewide Assessment
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Virginians found that taxpayers spend:
$1.56 billiona year to educate illegal immigrant children and the U.S. born children of illegal immigrants. $100 milliona year on unreimbursed health care for illegal aliens. $45 milliona year to incarcerate criminal illegal aliens.
- The total represents an annual cost to each of
Virginia'snative-born headed households of $625.
The cost study is based on an estimate that the illegal alien population in
The Zogby poll found that:
- 56% of
Virginiavoters say illegal immigration has a negative impact on the state. Only 24% believe it has a positive impact on Virginia.
- 78% of
Virginiavoters believe illegal aliens have a negative impact on the state budget, versus only 8% who believe their impact is positive.
- 55% believe illegal immigration should be reduced through better enforcement of immigration laws. Only 35% of
Virginiavoters favor amnesty or legalization for current illegal aliens.
- 66% of
Virginiavoters want worksite immigration enforcement to continue. Only 20% support the Obama administration's decision to curtail worksite enforcement.
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Virginians and a summary of the Zogby International Polling results are available at www.fairus.org.
Founded in 1979, FAIR is the country's largest immigration reform group. With over 250,000 members nationwide, FAIR fights for immigration policies that serve national interests, not special interests. FAIR believes that immigration reform must enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs, preserve our environment, and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.
SOURCE Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)