Does the USA Spend $113 or $300 billion a year on Illegal Immigrants

Donald Trump is quoted as saying that Illegal Immigrants cost the USA $300 billion per year

Some reports are not quite right, and it seems the above quote may be wrong, as Donald Trump has said that illegal immigration costs $113 billion a year.

Aug 31, 2016: “Illegal immigration costs our country more than $113 billion a year. And this is what we get,” Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, said. “For the money we are going to spend on illegal immigration over the next 10 years, we could provide 1 million at-risk students with a school voucher, which so many people are wanting.” Trump says illegal immigration costs $113 billion a year.

A figure of $300 billion was mention in a 2009 report, but that was for illegal and legal Mexicans.

$90 billion is spent every year just on welfare for illegal aliens. These are hidden taxes. A report by the Center for Immigration Studies reveals that government today spends over $300 billion every year on welfare for Mexican households — both legal and illegal. If we round out the $90 billion each year to ILLEGAL immigrants, taxpayers pay about $200 billion more on LEGAL Mexican households. What is the Connection between Illegal Immigration and Taxes?

There is an argument that it would not be that high, as they say that illegal immigrants pay tax.

“But they pay in taxes, they pay 24 billion dollars in taxes,” CNN host Erin Burnett said. “It’s 24 billion a year this economy wouldn’t have if they weren’t here.”

But I wonder about that.
If they weren’t in the US, would no one do those jobs that they do, would no one else be employed and paying those taxes instead? In my mind it is a bit of a hollow argument. I am sure that LEGAL Mexican immigrants would be happy to do the work that the ILLEGAL Mexican immigrants are doing, but at maybe a more decent rate of pay, and therefore even more tax to the government coffers? CNN Host Tells Donald Trump Illegal Immigrants Pay Billions in Taxes

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