$21.8 billion: What California and local governments will spend this year for services for illegal immigrants and their children.
92% of illegal immigrant households had at least one person working in 2007. By contrast, 73% of households headed by a U.S.-born resident had at least one person working.
75% of illegal immigrants were taxed in 2006.
$11 billion in Social Security taxes were withheld from W-2 filings that could not be matched with valid Social Security numbers in 2007. The government estimated much of that came from illegal immigrants.
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On average, illegal immigrant households cost the federal government less than half of what other households cost the government; but illegal immigrant households' tax payments are one-fourth that of other households.
Illegal immigrants are ineligible for most federal public benefits, including:
- No grant, contract, loan or professional license provided by a federal agency.
SOURCES: Center for Immigration Studies, Congressional Research Service; Pew Hispanic Center; Federation for American Immigration Reform
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