The 37,472 unaccompanied immigrant minors living across the country will cost state governments more than $761 million per year, according to data gathered by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
The interest group's report comes following a Pew poll that shows the majority of Americans favor stricter enforcement of immigration laws and heightened border security.
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"Most voters oppose President Obama’s reported plan to unilaterally grant amnesty to several million illegal immigrants and think Congress should challenge him in court if he goes ahead with it," a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday said.
The $761,405,907 includes taxpayer-funded classes conducted in Spanish or indigenous languages from Central America and the cost of free or reduced-cost school meals.
There is wide disparity between the states in what educating these students costs. Montana has just one such student, costing the state $18,630. Texas has the most–5,280 children–which will cost $78 million a year. New York pays the most, though: Its 4,244 students will cost the state $148 million.
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has stabilized after a brief rise paralleling economic improvement. Now, an estimated 11.3 million illegal immigrants reside in the United States, 4 million of whom live with their U.S.-born children. Should President Obama move forward with offering amnesty, the number of illegal immigrants–and their impact on state economies–will only increase.