A U.S. Senator Candidate Says Illegal Immigration Costs $130 Billion Per Year, But He's Actually Full of Shit

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A U.S. Senator Candidate Says Illegal Immigration Costs $130 Billion Per Year, But He's Actually Full of Shit

Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Tue May 01, 2018 8:10 pm

Seeking to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Senate, former coal mining executive Don Blankenship called for an end to illegal immigration, saying it costs billions of dollars a year.

"We have to stop illegal immigration, costing us $130 billion a year to house and feed and give benefits to people that shouldn’t be even in the country," Blankenship said during an April 23 debate among Republican primary candidates.

We wanted to know the facts behind Blankenship’s claim on the cost of illegal immigration.

Blankenship’s statement stems from a report by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) that said illegal immigration costs about $135 billion a year. The group favors stricter immigration policies.

The report has drawn criticism for some of its assumptions, such as a higher-than-usual estimate of immigrants in the country illegally (12.5 million, higher than the typically reported 11 million) and for excluding tax contributions made by U.S.-born children to parents here illegally.

Overall, it’s difficult to determine a precise cost of illegal immigration due to lack of reliable data.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/apr/30/don-blankenship/don-blankenship-claims-illegal-immigration-costs-1/

TL/DR - it's less than $10 billion, more likely.

These guys count the cost of border security in their estimates -- we pay a LOT for that, true, but do they think that we're going to stop patrolling the border if the illegal immigrants leave?

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Re: A U.S. Senator Candidate Says Illegal Immigration Costs $130 Billion Per Year, But He's Actually Full of Shit

Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed May 02, 2018 12:33 pm

Suspect

I wonder if that would-be-senator will admit to those half dozen Mexican labourers he has in every week to do his gardening and lawns...

Or their wives taking care of his housekeeping and laundry..

And then there's those couple of Asian girls that he favours down at his local brothel.

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Post by Original Quill on Wed May 02, 2018 3:46 pm

A Republican candidate...from a southern state??

You know how they lie.

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