As record numbers of illegal aliens continue to flood across our southern border, they are being dispersed into every congressional district in the country, making every state a border state. We’re told they’re merely coming to seek a better life. And while that’s true for many, why do open-borders advocates ignore the enormous toll on Americans—on their wallets and in the overloaded emergency rooms, increased crime in their communities, and overcrowded classrooms for their children?

This is the first in a series of articles covering the heavy financial and human toll that illegal immigration is taking on the states and their citizens.

Annually, illegal immigration now costs taxpayers billions of dollars a year. For instance, in states far away from the southern border like Illinois, that cost was $4.59 billion in 2022. That’s $930 per household. Every year. …

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