Prepared for Tim R. | Delivered March 2, 2021
Impact of Illegal Immigration on California
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To determine whether illegal immigration has a positive or negative impact on the economy and budget of California. The response should include data, graphics and findings that answer the question comprehensively.
In California, illegal immigrants contribute about $3 billion in state taxes every year. Due to the fact that they mostly
work low-wage jobs
, they do not generate a lot of tax revenue.
Only 9% of Californians
think that the biggest problem facing the state is immigration or illegal immigration.
Some studies look at illegal immigrants and their children
as a burden
on California's public finances. A study by an organization that advocates for reduced immigration concludes that illegal immigrants are
generally a fiscal burden
due to their
low incomes and tax payments.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies each illegal immigrant household creates a
$2,700 net fiscal deficit
for the federal government at a national level due to their low education levels, low income and costs of their native-born children.
On the other hand, other studies say that they receive less in services than what they contribute in taxes, because they
do not collect benefits
and are not eligible for most government services, but
they pay Social Security
and other taxes. However, illegal immigrants still use healthcare that is linked with
pregnancy and emergencies
, and their children who are born in the US
may be eligible
for welfare and other social programs.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, State and local tax revenue in California would increase by
$8.4 million every year
if the state allowed illegal immigrants to become citizens.