Paving the Road to Amnesty As President Obama closes the books on his first year in office, his record, as opposed to his rhetoric, now defines his political agenda. During 2009, President Obama's record on immigration policy points to certain inescapable conclusions. The overriding objectives of this administration are to enact a massive amnesty for current illegal aliens and vastly expand future flows of immigration to the United States.
The Sinking Lifeboat: Uncontrolled Immigration and the U.S. Health Care System in 2009 The impact of unchecked immigration on America's health care system is again receiving much attention. FAIR updates its 2004 publication with the current cost of uncompensated care for immigrants and illegal aliens, and the growing expense of Medicaid coverage for their U.S.-born children. Hospital closures and service and staff reductions continue at an alarming rate, and the ever-increasing burden on U.S. taxpayers has reached $10.5 billion annually. This report looks at how the situation has gotten so out of hand, and proposes solutions to remedy the current crisis.
Amnesty and Joblessness With the recent official unemployment rate of 10.2 percent, American workers are now facing the worst job market in 25 years. In fact, over the past 60 years, the unemployment rate has rarely been as high as it is today. Despite a difficult job market, President Obama and leaders in Congress are talking about passing so-called "comprehensive immigration reform" legislation. This legislation would give amnesty to 12 million or more illegal aliens, including an estimated 8.3 million illegal aliens who hold jobs they should never have had, and could include a proposed new guest-worker provision to import hundreds of thousands of additional foreign workers.
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Nevadans (2009) Nevada has a rapidly growing illegal alien population of about 210,000 persons. While the state's native-born population has grown since 2000 by 24 percent, the foreign-born population has grown by 61 percent. In 2008, the foreign-born population in Nevada represented nearly one in every five residents (19.6%), and illegal aliens constitute nearly one in every twelve residents (8.1%). FAIR estimates that the annual fiscal burden on Nevada taxpayers associated with illegal immigration to be about $630 million. This equates to an annual average cost of about $763 per native-born headed household in the state. In addition, there is a cost to the state's economy resulting from remittances sent abroad that amounted to $618 million in 2006.
U.S. Immigration and Population Growth (2008) The U.S. population increase from immigration between 2000 and 2006 was more than double the increase in the native-born population. The United States is on a population growth trajectory that -- if continued -- could result in adding another 300 million people over the next 70 years. In addition to the enormous burden this implies for our already shaky infrastructure, it has enormous implications on vital resources -- especially water and food supplies. This study focuses on the current population trend and provides a state-by-state look at the role of immigration in population growth.
The Costs of Illegal Immigration to Coloradans (2008) Colorado has a fast growing illegal alien population of about 270,000 persons, and the fiscal burden on Coloradans resulting from public services used by that population amounts to nearly $1.1 billion per year -- that's a burden of about $520 per native-born headed household. In addition, there is a cost to the state's economy of roughly $730 million to $1 billion resulting from remittances sent abroad rather than invested in the local economy.