However, Adams says without true immigration reform or a clear pathway to citizenship, undocumented contractors and others will continue to cost taxpayers regardless.
"They're not paying Social Security and Medicare, employers aren't matching it, and in most cases there is no workers' comp so they head straight to the emergency room, that's why we need to pass immigration reform on a national level," says Adams.
"If we have an amnesty or legalization, it seems inevitable that we'll have to cover some large fraction," Camarota tells KTRH News. "In the case of Texas, that's about 1.3 million uninsured illegals right now."
"So if we're going to allow illegal immigrants to stay rather than enforce the law and encourage them to go home," he says. "Texas taxpayers will have to dig deep to either provide insurance for the uninsured or provide them with Medicaid and the affordability credit under Obamacare."