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Rising Prices of Non-Residents on Illinois Taxpayers

The price of offering providers to undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers is costing Illinois taxpayers an estimated $2.84 billion since July 1, 2022. This doesn’t embody schooling prices or different numerous state and native providers.

Estimated Illinois taxpayer spending on non-citizens from Fiscal 12 months 2023 to Fiscal 12 months 2025 embody $800,000 in assist providers, which is damaged right down to $478,000 for asylum seeker help, $160,000 for brand new further state investments, and $182,000 for emergency funding requests.

Whereas estimated healthcare prices for undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers over the identical two-year interval are pinned at simply over $2 billion, an astounding determine. This consists of $619 million within the Fiscal 12 months 2023 state funds, $773 million within the Fiscal 12 months 2024 state funds, and $629 million within the proposed Fiscal 12 months 2025 state funds.

Republican lawmakers have been adamant in questioning Illinois Democrats priorities due to their funding of the meteoric rise in healthcare costs for undocumented immigrants. Whereas Illinois residents and hard-working dad and mom must pay insurance coverage premiums and co-pays, undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers have largely not been subjected to paying for any a part of their healthcare prices, all on the expense of taxpayers. 

The billions of taxpayer {dollars} being spent on undocumented immigrants instantly takes away funds that may very well be used to assist important packages for all Illinois residents, together with seniors and people most economically and socially susceptible. Illinois is considered one of solely 5 states within the nation that present Medicare-like advantages, at taxpayer price, to undocumented immigrants. 

Home Republican lawmakers in Illinois have, in the meantime, sponsored laws to place a much-needed moratorium on healthcare advantages to non-citizens (Home Decision 220) in addition to laws to repeal the Illinois Belief Act (Home Invoice 4187), which outlined Illinois as a Sanctuary State for immigrants and migrants.

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