Oct 7, 2014 11:17 PM

The Great Debate: The cost and benefits of illegal immigrants in NH


CONCORD - 122 million dollars. That is what it would cost to upgrade the Hooksett rest areas three times. According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform or FAIR, a group in favor of tighter immigration regulations, it is the same amount New Hamsphire taxpayers shelled out in 2010 for the state's illegal immigrants.

The report says education costs made up more than half the cost, coming in at 66 million dollars.

"All K-12 minors, alien minors, get public education whether they're here illegally or not, and those frankly, are probably the biggest expenses associated with illegal immigration," said the president of FAIR, Dan Stein.

FAIR's report claims an average New Hampshire household pays $253 a year to foot the bill.

According to the USDA, that is how much a family of four on a tight budget would pay for two weeks of groceries.

The Center for American Progress, claims FAIR inflated the dollar figure of $122 million dollars.

For instance, the group argues the FAIR report includes the children of illegal immigrants born in the United States.

According to our country's law, even if your parents come to the United States illegally, anyone born here becomes a citizen.

"These are future workers," said policy analyst, Patrick Oakford of the Center for American Progress. "These are children who will grow up, who will have a job, who will pay taxes, and will be contributing to the economy."

Research from the Center for American Progress claims the undocumented already pump money into New Hampshire's economy through payroll taxes.

According to the group, the dollar amount would only grow if the state's undocumented had a way to come out of the shadows and become citizens...

"In New Hampshire alone we know from research from the Center for American Progress that New Hampshire tax revenues would increase by $21 million dollars, and the economy would grow by $1.6 billion dollars if undocumented immigrants received legal status," said Oakford.

President Obama is expected to make an announcement about immigration reform by the end of this year.


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