We're already paying more than $12,500 a year for every illegal alien household
Let's start out with the media scare tactics.
Now that Donald Trump has called to deport all of the illegal aliens living in the United States, here's the natural follow-up question: How much would that cost?
The answer: More than $100 billion -- if not $200 billion.
The $200 billion number comes from Obama's Center for American Progress, so let's just ignore it and focus on the first number.
Back in 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deputy director Kumar Kibble said it costs $12,500 to deport an individual illegal alien.
So when you multiply that cost for the estimated 11 million illegal aliens living in the U.S., that comes to $137.5 billion.
It doesn't have to be $12,500. Eisenhower's Operation Wetback didn't cost that much per illegal. But let's go with that number.
What does that $12,500 really mean? Let's compare it to the gruesome cost of illegal aliens.
Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers about $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs — some $84 billion — are absorbed by state and local governments.
In short, we could spend $137 billion once and get rid of the problem. Or we can keep spending more than that every 2 years.
$12,500 is a bargain when you consider that one illegal alien child is going to cost several times more than a year in education and social welfare costs alone. New York's per child education spending is around $19K per child.
An illegal alien's single ER visit can eat up that much. Never mind the cost of a pregnancy or a single arrest.
Here's the Heritage estimate.
In 2010, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services while paying some $10,334 in taxes. This generated an average annual fiscal deficit (benefits received minus taxes paid) of around $14,387 per household. This cost had to be borne by U.S. taxpayers. Amnesty would provide unlawful households with access to over 80 means-tested welfare programs, Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare. The fiscal deficit for each household would soar.
We're already paying more than $12,500 a year for every illegal alien household. Deporting them would be a hell of a bargain.
In 2009 (based on data collected in 2010), 57 percent of households headed by an immigrant (legal and illegal) with children (under 18) used at least one welfare program, compared to 39 percent for native households with children.
Immigrant households’ use of welfare tends to be much higher than natives for food assistance programs and Medicaid. Their use of cash and housing programs tends to be similar to native households.
But if the pro-illegal alien lobby is suddenly worried about spending, here's a great fiscally conservative immigration solution.
Households with children with the highest welfare use rates are those headed by immigrants from the Dominican Republic (82 percent), Mexico and Guatemala (75 percent), and Ecuador (70 percent). Those with the lowest use rates are from the United Kingdom (7 percent), India (19 percent), Canada (23 percent), and Korea (25 percent).
We obviously need a lot fewer Dominican immigrants and a lot more Koreans, Indians and Canadians.
And deport those who are a net loss. Deport every illegal immigrant household on food stamps. Food stamps are at $74 billion a year. It's a hell of a bargain.