An estimate published in December 2014 by the Pew Hispanic Center indicated the illegal immigrant population in the Sooner State was 100,000 in 2012.
Figures provided by the Federation for American Immigration Reform were a bit lower, as FAIR reported that Oklahoma as of 2010 was the home of an estimated 85,000 unlawful immigrants.
FAIR estimated the annual fiscal costs borne by Oklahoma’s taxpayers because of illegal immigration were $465,245,736. Oklahoma's fiscal costs for illegal immigration ranked the 26th-highest such total among U.S. states, according to FAIR. Government entities provided four types of benefits relevant to determining fiscal costs of immigration, according to The Heritage Foundation:
To illustrate how costly illegal immigration proved, the foundation claimed U.S. households headed by a person with a college education on average in 2010 received $24,839 in government benefits and paid $54,089 in taxes — amounting to a fiscal surplus of $29,250.
At the same time, the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits and services and paid $10,334 in taxes, bringing a fiscal deficit of $14,387.
FAIR estimated Oklahoma’s annual illegal immigration expenses included $245.79 million for education, $99.45 million for social assistance, $37.19 million for justice-related costs, and $82.81 million for other expenses.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...