The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Aliens on Oregonians (2012) The fiscal burden on Oregon’s taxpayers resulting from an estimated 170,000 illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children cost state’s taxpayers an estimated $1 billion per year. That fiscal cost results from regular K-12 public schooling plus supplemental English instruction, medical services, policing, courts and incarceration as well as some welfare programs for the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens. That fiscal burden has been growing as the size of the illegal alien population has grown. The annual outlay amounts to about $730 for each household headed by a U.S. citizen.
Immigration and the 2012 Elections To the dismay of true immigration reformers, the 2012 elections brought little change to Washington, D.C. Preserving the status quo, President Obama was reelected, Democrats maintained control of the Senate, and Republicans kept their advantage in the House of Representatives. President Obama and the Democrats largely credit their reelection to the growing Hispanic electorate, of which over 70 percent voted for President Obama. In particular, amnesty advocates claim it was the candidates' support for amnesty legislation that secured their victory. However, several opinion polls conducted before the election reveal that the economy and healthcare — not immigration — were the dominant issues on the minds of Hispanics who voted in the 2012 election. Moreover, several candidates for Senate who support immigration enforcement won in states President Obama carried in the Electoral College, demonstrating that amnesty could not have been the deciding issue in the election.
Running Dry: Looming Water Shortages in The United States (2012) Despite tremendous gains in water conservation over the last several decades, Americans are using water at an unsustainable rate. The reason: Population growth. Some areas of the United States are already experiencing acute water shortages, a trend that will spread throughout the country in the coming years. Compounding the problem are outdated public water systems that pose health and safety hazards to millions of Americans. If we don't reduce our usage, make the necessary investment in repairing our failing public water systems, and work to achieve population stability, chronic water shortages are years, not decades, away.
The Costs of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers - 2013 Edition Illegal immigration costs federal and local taxpayers $113 billion a year. That is an average cost to native-headed households of $1,117 a year. This pioneering study, revised for 2013 brings together data and estimates of the fiscal cost resulting from federal, state and local expenditures on illegal aliens and their U.S.-born children. Separate estimates are available for each state.